Alpha fetoprotein (AFP) is a protein normally produced by the liver and yolk sac of a fetus. AFP levels decrease soon after birth.
AFP production is essentially nil after a year of age.
AFP probably has no normal function in adults.
However, it starts up again under the stimulus of some diseases in the liver. It may, for example, be produced by the liver in viral hepatitis and cirrhosis of the liver. AFP is also made by primary liver tumors (hepatomas) and by germ cell tumors (teratocarcinoma and embryonal cell carcinomas). A person's serum AFP level can therefore be used to help detect these conditions and monitor their treatment.
In Sarah's case when it was first discovered, it was 328000 on 26/1/2011.
It dropped to 28000 on 16/2/2011
On 2/3/2011 Dr Lin informed that based on Sarah's latest blood test, it dropped further to 8000.
When mama asked when it will reached zero?
Dr Lin replied almost instantly that it'll be zero after next chemo.
Good news? YESSS!!!
After that another 2 or 3 chemo is required and then,surgery may also be required, to avoid relapse.
But that's too far a step for us to think or should be thinking. For now.Sarah need to recover from the blood poisoning.