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Dr. Martin Rubenstein

Hematology and Oncology
Campbell, CA
47 years experience

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Campbell, CA

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

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English

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462 Answers
80 Agrees
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Nothing special: If you are a regular blood donor, giving at the maximum rate per year, you likely will be some type of iron supplement, especially if you are female. ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
No.: There are many reasons for anemia, but sleeping in a hot location is not one of them. Your doctor should be able to explain the cause of anemia, sinc... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Usually nothing.: This is the place where enlarged lymph glands are most often found. If not tender or hard, and if they are under 1 cm in diameter there usually is no... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Yes.: Crohn's disease is a chronic illness associated with inflammation anywhere in the GI tract, typically the small intestine or colon. It can be episodi... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Nothing.: Mcv is red cell size. Rdw is the variation in red cell size. A low RDW has no meaning. Gfr is a way of measuring kidney function, and a GFR over 60... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Iron deficiency.: These findings on a CBC usually mean iron deficiency. There are other causes of low MCV including thalassemia, sideroblastic anemia & lead poisoning.... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Yes.: If you mean can it stop working for you, yes. Immune reactions to Rituxan (rituximab) also can occur that can make the drug impossible to give safely... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Yes and no. : There is no one test or group of tests that will find all cancers. The combination of blood tests, review of symptoms, physical exam, and age and risk... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Petechiae?: If the red spots look like tiny drops of blood int he skin, they are petechiae and should be evaluated by a physician. However, red spots can be othe... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Multiple causes: You have a low level of one kind of white blood cell, the neutrophil. Most common cause is viral infection, esp. If transient. Many different medic... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
No. But...: Bronchiectasis means there has been irreversible damage to the bronchial airways. The lose their elasticity, develop sort floppy areas that collect i... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Probably a virus.: Virus infection, usually herpes virus can cause blistering in the mouth that can evolve to mouth ulcers. With a bad episode, lymph nodes in the neck ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Not so likely.: Salmonella organisms are shed in stool. Eating contaminated food or water is the usual way typhoid and other salmonella infections are spread.
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
No. : Bone marrow transplant would have no long term effect on anyone but the recipient. A family member would not lose hair or have any other issue just fr... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Not directly.: However, fibroids are often associated with heavy periods, and if that is the case, could result in iron deficiency. Bleeding and iron deficiency can... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Normal CT: The thymus is a gland that is part of the immune system that functions most early in life, then shrinks into adulthood. Residual thymic tissue is nor... Read More
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Viral illness.: Most cold sores are caused by the Herpes simplex virus. Especially the first time you get the infection there will be other symptoms besides the sore... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
No.: Biting doesn't cause lip cancer. Causes are smoking and drinking mainly, or infection with hpv, a virus, but age of onset is considerably older than ... Read More
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A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Yes.: The liquid diet is chosen to avoid any solids in the food you are eating. A protein drink would therefore qualify.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
No.: Normally there is not enough blood lost with a period to change your blood count very much. But if periods are heavy or your diet lacking in iron, yo... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Yes.: The ife is very sensitive at finding an abnormal antibody (monoclonal antibody) in blood, but it does not measure the quantity. The spep is less sens... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
No.: O + means type 0, rh positive blood type. It is possible to give rh negative blood to an rh positive recipient, but not the other way around. Your bl... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
It is safe.: The only potential problem with donating too often is developing iron deficiency from the loss of blood. The blood bank checks before taking blood to... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Not an problem.: Smoking is not a reason to be rejected for blood donation. However, some people have bad reactions if they smoke right after donating. Waiting 3 hou... Read More
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A 52-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Usually good outcome: Most patients with thyroid cancers do very well. The most common types are usually cured by surgery followed by thyroid hormone treatment. Some need... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
The level is safe.: There is no bleeding risk with a platelet count of 100, 000 or more, whatever the cause of the low platelet count. There are many potential causes of... Read More
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A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Not necessarily: Xarelto has a very predictable effect and isn't effected by diet like warfarin. Studies show bleeding is less likely with the new anticoagulants becau... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
No.: Metformin is not linked to any kind of cancer risk.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Maybe.: You need to know your hemoglobin or hematocrit, which measure red cells, to know if you are anemic. The high TIBC suggests your body thinks you are r... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
No.: The risks from a single blood transfusion are very low. Infection risk (hiv, hepatitis) well below 1 in 1, 000, 000. There are a number of concerns r... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Once: If the surgery is more than a few weeks away, once a day is enough. The most i would prescribe is three a day, usually for much lower hemoglobins.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Needle biopsy. : A bone marrow biopsy is taken from the pelvic bone. A coring needle is advanced into the bone, which allows one to extract a sliver of the bone marro... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
From a gland: Adenocarcinomas arise from glandular or secretory tissues. They are the common type of tumors (as opposed to sarcomas, from connective tissue) and in... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Yes.: Autologous stem cells transplants (from yourself as donor when in near remission) result in improved progression free survival and probably overall su... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Varies: Usually the WBC goes up in response to some kind of infection or inflammatory condition in the body. If the white cells are abnormal, it can be a sig... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
No.: Danazol can be associated with benign liver tumors. There is no malignancy associated with either drug that I am aware of, and certainly not any of t... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Hemoglobinopathy: Patients with sickle cell anemia make an abnormal hemoglobin (hgb.). Normal HGB consists of paired protein chains (globin) and an iron containing par... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Red blood cell size.: Mcv, or "mean cell volume" is the average size of a red cell. It is used in determining the cause of anemia, if present. Smaller cells are seen with... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Unproven.: Curcumin may have activity against myeloma in experimental systems, but tests in humans are not convincing. For what it is worth, I have only 1 patie... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
A number of years.: The risk of head and neck cancer is associated with both smoking and alcohol consumption (and also viral infection with hpv). People who have smoked ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Yes.: Fetal red cells are larger, and with extra surface area to volume and therefore a bit more resistant to osmotic injury than adult red cells.
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Possible.: Anemia can make people lightheaded. Actually losing consciousness would be very unusual unless the anemia was severe and the person did something rea... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Depends.: Mch is the hemoglobin amount in a single red cell. Mchc is the concentration of hemoglobin in a single red cell, low MCH but high MCHC says the red ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Not usually.: By definition a benign tumor is not aggressive, slow growing, will not spread to other sites, but could cause harm to surrounding tissues. So a beni... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Depends.: There are many causes including congenital, infections (especially viral), drug side effect or allergy, autoimmune disease, and other benign or malign... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
MGUS likely.: Mgus is an abnormal antibody in blood that can be a marker for cancer, but usually isn't. With igm, the level of protein doesn't help with risk asses... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
Yes.: Iron deficiency from heavy menstrual bleeding is the most common cause of anemia. The anemia isn't the cause of the bleeding. It's the other way aro... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
No.: A muscle cut for surgery and then repaired is not going to be as strong as one never operated upon. So, with pregnancy the area of the incision could... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
No.: Iron deficiency does not usually make people hungry, but it can influence dietary choices. People with iron deficiency often chew on ice and other cr... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 47 years experience
No.: Low vitamin d levels are not caused by cancer. We get vitamin d from diet and from sun exposure. Use of sun screens or avoiding sun cuts down on vit... Read More
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HealthTap member
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 30, 2015
Dr. Rubenstein is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 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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