A 31-year-old member asked:
is it true that because i have thrombocytopenia does that mean i have a higher risk of developing cancer?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Medical Oncology 46 years experience
No: There are a large number of causes of thrombocytopenia. Most of them are related to other diseases than cancer.
A Verified Doctor answered
Unlikely...: Thrombocytopenia can be caused by a variety of conditions. The most common is that platelets are being destroyed (immune-mediated thrombocytopenic purpura (itp)). Low platelets can be caused because the body can't produce them (bone marrow suppression due to viral infection, leukemia, mds, myelofibrosis, aplastic anemia). Talk with your doc or see a hematologist to really know your risk.
A 67-year-old male asked:
Is Immune Thrombocytopenia (1) a hematological malignancy itself and (2) has it been reasonably established that this condition is sometimes caused by a hematological malignancy? Any answer to either of these questions would be much appreciated.
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Pathology 49 years experience
Last updated Jul 13, 2017
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$15 per month
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.