Were you looking instead for the Alkaline Phosphatase test, also known as ALK PHOS or ALP, used in the evaluation of liver or bone disease? If so, go to the ALP article.
At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
To detect an ALK gene rearrangement in tumor tissue in order to guide non-small cell lung cancer therapy
When to Get Tested?
When you have been diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer and your doctor is considering a therapeutic management plan that may include an ALK kinase inhibitor such as crizotinib
A sample of tumor tissue
Test Preparation Needed?