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Dr. Martin Rubenstein

Hematology and Oncology
Campbell, CA
45 years experience

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Campbell, CA

Address

50 E. Hamilton Ave. Suite 200, Campbell, CA
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Hematology and Oncology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

591 Answers
99 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Shape or size is off: Morphology refers to what the red cells look like under the microscope. Changes in size or shape of red cells can give a clue about underlying diseas... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Heat, ibuprofen: You likely have a phlebitis (inflamed vein) in your arm. You can use Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory meds. Applying heat can help too. This sh... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Weakness: Anemia is a lack of hemoglobin in the blood. There is less oxygen delivered to tissues and this causes symptoms like weakness, fatigue, feeling light... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Rate of flow.: Blood will clot if there was trouble placing the needled in the vein and either damaged tissue (containing tissue factor) is in contact with the blood... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Not on your own.: 100 mg is 10 times the daily requirement. Too much zinc can be toxic, cause GI upset, copper deficiency. Do not take high doses of zinc unless a med... Read More
A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
They are related.: The WBC is the total number of white cells, of which neutrophils are only one kind. The differential count gives percentages of each kind of wbc. So... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Yes.: "thick blood" might mean blood with too many red cells (called polycythemia). This can be detected by a complete blood count (CBC) test. Some people... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Multiple options: Non-melanoma skin cancer is usually treated by surgery. Choice of other options, 5fu, (fluorouracil) radiation, etc. Usually is based on potential c... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Unlikely.: Bacterial infections can linger, but usually if immature granulocytes are present due to infection, you are obviously ill. The more the blood is abno... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
A little.: The actually collection of blood stem cells uses a machine connected to the donor through a needle in a vein, and is much like donated blood and not p... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Be a healthy adult.: You will be asked questions to be sure you are healthy, have not engaged in behaviors associated with viral illnesses like hepatitis or hiv, are not t... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Depends: A false positive means a screening test for a pathogen was positive, but the specific test negative. Some of these false positives have clinical mean... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Need more info.: Cancer "on hold" is not a medical term. I suggest you ask the doctor to explain the situation. I would not want to speculate.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Many possible reason: Simple GI infections should resolve in under 1 week. Persistent problems with vomiting, diarrhea and cramping should be investigated by a physician.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Not likely : Itp is not a risk factor for developing leukemia. While leukemia can cause bone pain it usually does not cause muscle pain. I suspect there is somet... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Cannot say.: There is not enough information from what you have described to know what is going on. However, 3 months of back pain certainly justifies seeing a he... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Need a donor : Stem cell transplant is not a simple procedure and can carry significant risk. However it will cure sickle cell anemia. The biggest hurdle to transpla... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Common.: About 1 out of 3 pregnancies where the mother and child are ABO incompatible will be Coombs positive, but actual hemolytic disease of the newborn is r... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
No problem.: This doesn't sound like a significant problem. If the vein gets hard and painful, it might be a phlebitis, but at that location would be low risk. D... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Increased marrow: Hypertrophy refers to an increase in mass of an organ. An overworked muscle that enlarges is hypertrophied. For bone marrow, it means there is an in... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Cause important: Simple iron deficiency should correct within 3 months of starting replacement. If there is no improvement or a slow response the cause of the iron def... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Not common: It's not an official side effect of Gleevec (imatinib) but I have seen a rare claim of dis colored teeth. Dry mouth and mouth ulcers are caused by Gle... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Mild anemia: A drop in red blood cell count, measured as HGB and pcv is not uncommon in pregnancy. You should be taking prenatal multivitamins. Ask your OB if yo... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
No change in dose: Slow release versions of iron, such as carbonyl iron, are less likely to cause GI side effects. The actual amount of iron in the tablets may be the s... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
No.: If you volunteer for the bone marrow registry you agree to donate for free. It is illegal to charge for transplanted organs or tissues, other than th... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Can be Iron def: Hemochromatosis results in increased iron absorption from diet. But it will not stop iron deficiency if you are losing iron/blood such as menstruation... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Surgery: Chondroblastoma is a benign tumor of bone. If feasible, surgical treatment includes scraping out the tumor from the affected bone and filling the spac... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Many causes.: Hypercalcemia has many causes, including a hormone problem (hyperparathyroidism), inflammatory problems (granulomatous hypercalcemia), excess vitamin ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Not likely cancer: Symmetrical joint pain is not likely to be cancer. More likely is some type of inflammatory problem, arthritis or tendinitis. See a healthcare provi... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Not typical.: Monocytes are derived from a different type of white cell than lymphoma cell, so it would not be expected that lymphoma would cause high monocytes. H... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
No.: Bloody stools are caused by some type of lesion in the GI tract. It can simple like hemrrhoids, inflammatory bowel disease, infection or even cancer.... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
See a doctor. : What you are describing might be pleuritic chest pain, caused by inflammation of the lining of the chest cavity. There are many potential causes, some... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
. Phlebitis: Tranexamic acid works to slow bleeding by preventing blood clots from dissolving once formed. There is thus a risk that an unwanted clot could form. ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Possibly: Chemotherapy drugs and their metabolites can be detected in bodily fluids including saliva. Prolonged contact with saliva of someone on chemo could t... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Bleeding: Black, tarry or red stools suggests bleeding from the stomach or elsewhere in the GI tract. She needs medical attention. The description sounds like... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Not always: Asbestos exposure may have occurred but you may not be aware of it. Asbestosis is plaque like scarring without cancer in that setting. Other causes ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Anticoagulants: Blood thinners are medicines that prevent clotting. They are given to people who have an abnormal blood clot, or who are at risk of a blood clot from... Read More
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
5 years: In general absence of cancer for 5 years is felt to be a cure. However the risks vary a lot depending on what kind of tumor it was, whether clear mar... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Lymph node: This is likely a lymph node. If you don't feel well, if it is over 1 cm in size, if it is growing in size, if it is rock hard or stuck to surrounding ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Blood problem: High platelets come from infection, inflammation, bleeding, iron deficiency, tumors, and various blood diseases. If there is an electrolyte problem f... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Very likely.: Having blood pressure drop when you stand up is a common side effect of all blood pressure lowering medications. People usually describe that as bein... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Uncertain: There is very limited information. I was able to find 1 case report suggesting that garcinia prolonged the inr in a patient taking warfarin. No dat... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Lung cancer: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. Concentration can be high indoors where it is slow to dissipate. It is responsible for 21000 lung ca... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Normal iron status: The serum iron test measures iron in blood. Iron is bound to proteins in blood (mainly transferrin), so the % sat is proportion of iron binding prote... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Yes: The description sounds like a serious illness and could be cancer. He needs to see a doctor to diagnose the problem and get started on treatment.
A 85-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Can be normal.: Up to 5% is normal as long as they are not "monoclonal" meaning derived from a cell. If monoclonal then a bone cancer called myeloma needs to be rule... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Need more info.: The high lymphocytes should be further evaluated with flow cytometry to see what kind of lymphocytes they are. High platelets may be reacting to infl... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Anesthesia.: Discuss your concerns with your doctor. Perhaps you can have deeper anesthesia with the help of an anesthesiologist. Rectal cancer at your age is ve... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Yes and no.: Tuberculous lymph nodes should shrink with successful treatment, but maybe not all the way to normal size. Lung scarring would not be caused by "extr... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 45 years experience
Depends.: There are many different kinds of leukemia. Some are extremely responsive to treatment, others not so much. Some leukemias are aggressive, and some ... Read More

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Dec 16, 2012
Dr. Rubenstein is a very good doctor. He answers questions in a very clear and easy to understand manner. I highly recommend him.
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Rubenstein is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Rubenstein is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Ok. Maybe, he will screen for carbohydrate Ag 19-9. Not diagnostic test but has its use. I'll be joyful for a <37U/ml score. Greatly appreciated!!
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank you much for the reply. I was worried about this. Since just having the surgery...guess the only good thing is knowing its not cancer
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Thank you my grandmother is actually a celiac I have had some tests done but they were negative perhaps it's work getting a biopsy done.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Stanford University School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1976MD

Awards

Phi Beta Kappa. Best Doctors in America
Top Oncologist and Hematologist , First Place, California - Winter
2013
Top Oncologist and Hematologist , Second Place, California - Summer
2013
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