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what cancers do not show up in a cbc

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
No: Anemia may warn of colon or stomach cancer. Leukemia will show up on a CBC but otherwise CBC is not a cancer screen.

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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Usually not: Especially, most early easy-to-treat cancers do not affect the routine labs.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Myron Arlen
64 years experience Surgical Oncology
No: Defining all the components of the blood system circulating in the host is incapable of defining malignant disease other than for the tumors of the WB ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
37 years experience Hematology and Oncology
No: A normal CBC and ESR do not tell you that you don't have cancer. Cancer can present in many ways. The blood tests that you mention are, in themselves, ... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Encarnacion
35 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 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
May/may not: In most cases of Cancer, blood counts remain unaffected and can be entirely normal until Cancer is far advanced and incurable. At that stage some degr ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Morell
29 years experience Rheumatology
No: But MRI or ct or x ray could.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
27 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 76-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jocelyn Tan
31 years experience Medical Oncology
Atypical cells: Not impressed but the atypical lymphs are reason enough to to want to repeat the entire test in a month or two .
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
Unlikely: Brain tumors do not affect your CBC unless the cancer is wide spread and actually arising from an area outside of the brain. Even then it can only tel ... Read More

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