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    Hi everyone, so for my blood tests in September and November my AFP was at 5.3 and then 4.7. Today I just found out that my Feb 14 test came back at 8.2. I know this is still in the ok range but it seems like a large increase in two months. I am obviously really nervous about it. Could there be another explanation? Alcohol? I admit that I did have a pretty alcohol heavy January and February. Any help is appreciated.

  • #2
    A few things might cause an elevation a stressed liver is one of them. Mine has gone just over the high end of the range several times over the years by a point or two, only to be in range the next test. Tey need to keep an eye on it, but odds are good it's nothing to worry about.

    Jan, 1975: Right I/O, followed by RPLND
    Dec, 2009: Left I/O, followed by 3xBEP


    • #3
      There's numerous reasons why AFP can be elevated having nothing to do with cancer, and AFP isn't considered a solid indicator for cancer until it reaches around 25. What were your markers elevated to initially? AFP going from 4 to 8 is still within "lab test normal" range, but yes, worrisome and something to keep an eye on. I know it's stressful, but hopefully it's nothing.
      Young Adult Cancer Survivorship by Steve Pake
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      • #4
        My initial AFP before operation was 30.



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