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Blood Borne Cancer
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
The Leukemias: Cancers of the blood cells are commonly known as/called leukemias. There are two main types: lymphocytic and myeloid leukemias, each has several subtypes. There is a unique type called hairy-cell leukemia as well. There are approximately 45000 cases diagnosed each year in the us. Go to the american cancer society website to learn more, if you are interested. Good luck. ...Read more
Give blood withCA Hx: Not actually a straight forward answer on this one...Needs to be at least a year since you've been treated, no recurrence, no diagnosis of blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma...Unless you had these as a kid and its been 10 years. Check out the american red cross list of conditions that affect donation...It will be the most helpful. Than get out there and donate! ...Read more
I think you are asking if you can contract cancer if you come into contact with blood from someone who has cancer. If this is what you are asking, no.
If you are asking if cancer can be detected by blood tests, it is possible, particularly with late stage cancer. Typically these tests are only done in patients with a history of cancer with suspicion for metastases. ...Read more
Leukemia: Leukemia is a type of cancer/malignancy of the blood and bone marrow in which there is an increase of abnormal white blood cells released from the bone marrow into the peripheral / circulating blood. Leukemia is a broad term covering a spectrum of many specific diseases which can be either acute or chronic. Most leukemias are treatable by various forms of chemotherapy. Hope that this helps. ...Read more
Not for five years: You can't give blood if you are actively in treatment for cancer, or if you are within 5 years of being cancer-free. But after 5 years, you can usually donate blood. Sometimes this depends on the type of cancer, and of course, whether you have anemia as a result of treatment. In that case, they won't take your blood because you need it more! ...Read more
A low blood count could mean cancer due to blood loss from the colon. Other cancers can cause a low count. Since you are 41, I presume that he is in the late 70's or possibly older. There are a large list of other things that can be associated with low blood count such as kidney, heart liver disease.
An evaluation is in order. Cancer is not first on the list. ...Read more
Leukemia.: Malignancies derived from blood forming cells are generally called 'leukemia' or 'lymphoma'. These can be either acute or chronic and can range from immediately life threatening illnesses to low grade processes that can smolder for years to even decades. There are many types of leukemia and each is a unique disease state. Hope that this helps. ...Read more
No.: We are at the threshold of being able to find cancer cells in a patient's blood stream, and these methods seem to indicate that when you see this finding, outlook is less favorable. If cancer cells are in a donatde unit, they contain hla antigens. The blood is matched for ABO and rh antigen, but not hla, so your immune system would reject the cancer cell. No repoprted case ever. ...Read more
Blood cancer is the common/lay term for leukemia. There are many different types of leukemias and the types vary between children and adults. Leukemias in children are more curable. Leukemias usually affect white blood cells but can affect red cells and platelets also. See this site for more info.
http://www. Webmd. Com/cancer/tc/leukemia-topic-overview. ...Read more
Only a few cancers: Unfortunately, there are very few cancers that can be detected through blood tests. These include prostate cancer and leukemia. Some other cancers have tumor marker tests, such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, and others but these are to monitor, not detect the cancer. ...Read more
Too numerous to list: "blood cancer" is a so-so term for leukemia. Anything from a vague feeling of tiredness building over months from a mild anemia, to a catastrophic illness with fatal hemorrhage from many places or catastrophic stroke, or nothing at all. If you have any concerns about having leukemia or any other serious illness, get with your physician -- we can almost always spot serious disease. ...Read more
No.: There is no one blood test that screens for all cancers. There are specific tests that can be used to monitor disease status in particular diagnoses such as psa for prostate cancer, ca125 for ovarian cancer or CEA for colon cancer, but these tests are not so good for screening a general population. The concern with them is either lack of specificty or detection of lesions that are not risky. ...Read more
Yes.: Unfortunately there is no blood test generally available at this time to screen for early cancer. Routine lab studies will usually be normal. Your best option is to try to avoid cancer: No tobacco, stay on the slim side, lots of exercise, eat only organic produce and sharply reduce consumption of meat, chicken, dairy. For more information on diet: go to NutritionFacts. Org ...Read more