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    more2c posted:
    Does anyone know what would continue to make my AFP elevated? I'm tired of getting sonograms all the time for that reason. Are there any other tests that might be better?
    Melissa Palmer, MD responded:
    Other causes of an elevated AFP, other than liver cancer, include:
    "022 Hepatitis—both acute and chronic
    "022 Cirrhosis
    "022 Liver metastases
    "022 Pregnancy
    "022 Cystic fibrosis
    "022 Gastric cancer
    "022 Pancreatic cancer

    All people with cirrhosis are advised to be screened every 6 months with a sonogram and AFP
    more2c replied to Melissa Palmer, MD's response:
    thanks for your response. I know my doctor is just being careful. i have chronic hcv, type 1a. I've only had one biopsy which indicated stage 2. I treated for 3 months in 2007 but was a non-responder, however every time I get labs drawn it shows elevated AFP, which leads to a sonogram, which have all come out tumor free. My original gastro doc no longer takes my insurance so I need to find a new dr. Do you think I need to request a biopsy since i haven't had one in 10 yrs.
    Melissa Palmer, MD replied to more2c's response:
    Liver biopsies are typically recommended every 5 years.

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