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low red blood cells count mean cancer?

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Dr. Hushang Haghighat
Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
No: Low red cells count is because of anemia and need evaluation and blood test to find the cause so be treated.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How are ANA blood tests related to autoimmune disease?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
One marker: Anti-nuclear antibodies (ANA) are one marker of auto-immune disease. There are sub-types of ANA that have specificity for different diseases. The antibodies may not be the casue of disease, but a marker of the disorder.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How can you get bladder cancer if you're constantly urinating?

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Dr. Simon Kimm
Urology 16 years experience
In other ways.: The development of bladder cancer has little to do with the frequency of urination. It has everything to do with changes to the lining of the bladder, mostly due to exposure to toxins in the urine, such as from cigarette smoke & industrial chemicals. Inherited genetic factors play a role as well. For those that have developed bladder cancer, one of the symptoms can be frequent urination.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Is it common to have a sore arm after donating blood a month ago?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
No: If you donated blood a month ago, you should not be having pain. This would most likely be from phlebitis or irritation to the vein. I would have someone take a look at this or call the facility that drew the blood.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What are some stomach cancer support groups?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
ACS: Please look up or go online and contact your local american cancer society and ask what is available in your area. www.cancer.org.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What can my mother expect who has colon cancer and will be on the folfox 4 regimen for chemotherapy?

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Dr. William A Biermann
Medical Oncology 46 years experience
It depends: Results depend upon the stage of cancer. It is active for the adjuvant treatment and in metastatic disease. The side effects can include nausea and diarrhea. Occasionally there can be some blood count issues. The other side effect can be cold related temporary nerve injury that lasts a very short time. There also is a more long term nerve injury. Most people do tolerate this well. Hope this helps.

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