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Can the blood work be normal by having lymphoma or metastatic disease? my blood was ok beside the d dimer which was 1.78. no bl.clots found in leg/arm

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Can be normal: Lymphoma is a condition associated with malignant changes in lymphocytes. In order to have elevated serum markers which of themselves are only about 60% accurate in diagnosis, the tumor must contain a tumor antigen on the surface which when shed into the blood is the so called marker. Lymphomas dont have any such marker. Other tumors shed a carbohydrate marker which can rise with inflammation .

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Last updated Jun 12, 2014

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