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A 39-year-old male asked:

how long can a cancer cell survive out of the body. if there was a metastic cell for example in blood that spilled on a counter how long would it liv?

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Dr. R Condon Hughes
Dermatopathology 41 years experience
Not long: I do not believe any professional studies have been performed on this question. However, since it is very difficult to keep tumors growing in controled situations outside of the body, it can be assumed that the survival of a cancer cell on its own, without a blood or food supply =, would be very short.

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A 59-year-old female asked:

Wouldn't blood wok and xrays show cancer in the body both radiologist and dr said burtsuis what do you say

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Hello. : Hello. Was the impression bursitis? Sometimes, not always. Consider a woman with a small breast cancer in her breast which has not spread. Her blood work and her xrays may be normal. However a mammogram or ultrasound could be helpful in visualizing it.
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A 61-year-old male asked:

Is there any current blood/scan test that can identify one cancer cell in the body?

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Dr. James Rochester
Family Medicine 26 years experience
No: No technology to date that can find a single cancerous cell in the body. Sorry.

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