A 32-year-old member asked:
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does it mean it is cancer if i have thrombocytopenia and have been taking prednisone for quite a while now, but the platelets keep getting low?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Should know diagnosi: What is the diagnosis made by your treating doctors?. Please find out as there are many causes for low platelets. One of the common ones is called itp ( idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura). This is a chronic problem but it is not cancer. If the steroids do not help, the next best option of treatment is to remove the spleen(splenectomy) which can induce a remission. There are other new medical tr.
Answered on Jul 23, 2013

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