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Doctor insights on: Are There Certain Types Of Cancer That Do Not Show Up On Cbc Test

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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How can a CBC blood test show signs of cancer?

How can a CBC blood test show signs of cancer?

Cbc: Yes, there are some abnormal features that you can see in CBC ( and peripheral blood smears) that would increase your suspicion towards certain blood cancer-for instance- circulating blast cells ( immature white blood cells) in acute leukemia, and other features that you can see in chronic leukemia- i.e. Cml, cll. You can not see any sign of solid cancer from cbc, however, . ...Read more

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Would breast cancer show up on a CBC test?

Would breast cancer show up on a CBC test?

No: Blood test of CBC only measures one's red and white blood cells & platelets. Breast cancer evaluation needs a physical examination & mammogram. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if someone has thyroid cancer wouldn't the CBC blood test show that something was abnormal?

Could you tell me if someone has thyroid cancer wouldn't the CBC blood test show that something was abnormal?

Cancer: Likely not. The cancer if it spread would likely just affect local structures. Ultrasound is the best method to detect it. Certain lab tests screen for certain types of thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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Will a CBC diff show cancer?

Will a CBC diff show cancer?

Usually not: Especially, most early easy-to-treat cancers do not affect the routine labs. ...Read more

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Perfect cbc, ESR shows u don't have cancer?

Perfect cbc, ESR shows u don't have cancer?

No: A normal CBC and ESR do not tell you that you don't have cancer. Cancer can present in many ways. The blood tests that you mention are, in themselves, not reliable screening tests for cancer. If you have a concern that you might have cancer, it is important to see your healthcare provider to discuss it. ...Read more

Complete Blood Count (Definition)

Share on twitter bookmark & share printer-friendly version a complete blood count (CBC) test measures the following: •the number of red blood cells (rbc count) •the number of white blood cells (wbc count) •the total amount of hemoglobin in the blood •the fraction of the blood composed of ...Read more


Cbc (Definition)

CBC stands for complete blood count. This is a lab test that counts the different formed elements- red and white ...Read more