If the doctor suspects liver cancer, he will usually do the following tests:
Questionnaire on the disorders felt and on possible risk factors, followed by a physical examination, use of medical imaging techniques (ultrasound, MRI), tissue sampling (biopsy), laboratory examinations and possible additional examinations.
Some tumors release specific substances into the blood, called tumor markers, the presence of which can be detected by a blood test. The main tumor marker for liver cancer is called AFP (alpha foeto-protein). An abnormally high rate of AFP, however, can also be linked to other diseases or to pregnancy and is therefore not a reliable diagnostic tool.