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can cbc detect lymphoma

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
A CBC may: Give answers about red cells (size, volume HGB concentration) that no one wants to know, but the total hemoglobin and % (hematocrit), whilte cell coun ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marek Bozdech
48 years experience Hematology and Oncology
No: A CBC alone is not sensitive enough to detect leukemia or lymphoma. A careful medical history and physical exam and a manual review of the peripheral ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
NO!!!: It is possible to have a normal CBC despite lymphoma. Either this doctor is poorly informed or lying to you, neither of which is a good option. The ul ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Not always,...: ..My friend. Depends a lot on the kind and the stage. You are very young and, with exceptions, cancer is not common at your age. Why are you so conce ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Hebert
28 years experience Pathology
CBC & Lymphoma: There are a few lymphomas which can be detected on a CBC but most will not show up that way. In other words, if your CBC is normal doesn't mean you d ... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Scott Diede
28 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Not directly...: Someone who is not absorbing iron or vitamin B12 for example will have a characteristic type of anemia (low red blood cell count) that will be detecte ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Sometimes: Most leukemia have an abnormal CBC that will at least raise the suspicion of leukemia; leukemic cells in the blood are often sufficient to make the in ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
No: You need specific tests of thyroid function. Generally a T4 and tsh.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Yes, most times: A leukemia typically begins in the bone marrow and will often show effects on the CBC as the cancer cells spill over into the circulating blood. On ra ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
It depends: Ultrasound is commonly used to check the condition of the lymph nodes. But the results are dependent on the experience of the sonographer(radiologist) ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Michaels
52 years experience Urology
No: I assume you are referring to CBC(complete blood count).This test only measures things like the number of cells in blood and level of hemoglobin but n ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Ziring
21 years experience Pediatric Gastroenterology
Yes: it's quite possible. I had a patient with abdominal pain who incidentally had a CT done, indicating a pancreatic mass, and follow up MRI confirmed th ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
No: This is simply not a screen for cancer. I'm sorry anyone may have led you to believe otherwise.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Agos Luca
Dr. Agos Luca answered
Specializes in Pathology
Sometimes: Sometimes but not always. Leukemia, a form of blood and bone marrow cancer, is frequently detectable in the blood; however, especially if early in th ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Muhammad-ali Zaydan
Specializes in Hematology and Oncology
Lymphoma in spleen: Inhomogenious spleen refer to a ct scan reading where different area of the spleen might have different texture. In general some of these cases are n ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
26 years experience General Surgery
High WBC: White blood cells are elevated in leukemia. Also, the rarer polycythemia vera (which can lead to red cell leukemia) and thrombocythemia (which can le ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Loss
32 years experience Transplant Surgery
Yes. Imaging. : The 2 biggest risk factors for primary liver cancer (hcc) are cirrhosis and viral hepatitis. Hcc is often detected by imaging studies performed perio ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
34 years experience Medical Oncology
Nope: A blood culture will only detect the presence of bacteria (or fungus) in the blood.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sumit Sawhney
31 years experience Medical Oncology
Testicular cancer: Not all testicular cancers can be diagnosed by blood test however elevated ldh, HCG AFP are elevated in most testicular cancers.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
No: Lymphomas are diagnosed by microscopic examination of a lymph node by a pathologist. Blood counts are not an appropriate test for lymphoma. For good h ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
No: Elevated ESR and CRP are markers of inflammation, not cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat mi ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Probably not: And yes. CBC often normal in lymphoma and never normal in leukemia.
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Listen to your: doctor. Who would you push for a biopsy? It is quite likely that the child has enlarged lymph nodes due to some infection, more than likely Epstein Ba ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
With persistent: Lumps and night sweats one would be concerned beyond 2 weeks. Probably time for more testing.
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