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X ray of broken bone showed hole in bone biopsy done and was neg for bone cancer. Recent blood test showed low white blood count. Reason for concern?

X ray of broken bone showed hole in bone biopsy done and was neg for bone cancer. Recent blood test showed low white blood count. Reason for concern?

Evaluation warranted: Depending on how low the white count, it would be wise to continue to be followed by a primary health care provider and/or hematologist. It will likely return to normal, but it should be followed. ...Read more

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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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Is there a blood test for pituitary cancer?

Is there a blood test for pituitary cancer?

Not by itself: A pituitary tumor may be suggested by blood test results that show increased amount of certain hormones in the blood. However, some pituitary tumors do not produce hormones. An MRI of the brain is necessary to diagnose a pituitary tumor. Blood tests will help determine if the tumor is producing hormones. ...Read more

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My blood test for jak2 was negative but blood counts are still rising would you recomend bone marrow biopsy?

My blood test for jak2 was negative but blood counts are still rising would you recomend bone marrow biopsy?

Yes: Jak2 testing is supportive of certain myeloproliferative diagnsoses, but the clinical decision to pursue the bm biopsy will be driven by the extent and pace of rise and your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you detect bone cancer through a blood test?

Can you detect bone cancer through a blood test?

No.: Bone cancers are typically diagnosed by biopsy after noticing an abnormality on x-ray or mri. There typically have no abnormalities of blood work. Leukemia is a bone marrow disorder. This is not a bone cancer, but can be confused, as the abnormal marrow is inside the bone. Leuekemias often have abnormal blood work. ...Read more

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Are occult blood tests for colon cancer reliable?

Are occult blood tests for colon cancer reliable?

Screening: It is a good start specially of yo had before and they were normal. ...Read more

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What is next treatment for blood cancer after bone marrow transplantation?

What is next treatment for blood cancer after bone marrow transplantation?

Complicated issue: Treatment of blood cancer is too complicated to be discussed in this forum. It would be better to discuss the matter with your doctor. ...Read more

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X ray of broken bone showed hole in bone biopsy done and was neg for bone cancer. Recent blood test showed low white blood count. Reason for concern?

Evaluation warranted: Depending on how low the white count, it would be wise to continue to be followed by a primary health care provider and/or hematologist. It will likely return to normal, but it should be followed. ...Read more

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Can someone detect bone cancer through a blood test?

Maybe soon: At this point, it is not possible though there are some newer technologies that may make it possible to detect circulating tumor cells or a signature for having a bone cancer like osteosarcoma or ewing sarcoma. ...Read more

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Does a CBC blood test detect cancer? Specifically lymphoma?

Does a CBC blood test detect cancer? Specifically lymphoma?

CBC & Lymphoma: There are a few lymphomas which can be detected on a CBC but most will not show up that way. In other words, if your CBC is normal doesn't mean you don't have lymphoma. A biopsy of any enlarged lymph node is suggested. ...Read more

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Are occult blood tests for colon cancer effective?

Are occult blood tests for colon cancer effective?

Guaiacs-: Are actually tests of thin films of stool to discern if there is hidden blood beneath visiblity, so-called "occult blood". It is a great screen, that if positive leads to a closer, less comfortable, more expensive test: colonoscopy. After 50, you get one per decade without occult blood in stool! ...Read more

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What the test for ovarian cancer? Ultrasound or blood test

What the test for ovarian cancer? Ultrasound or blood test

Several tests done.: Pain and bloating can be signs of ovarian cancer, but they can be just from a painful period. Ovarian cancer would be more likely in older women, like 40+ years, and most likely in women 70+ years. Other tests, like pelvic exam, ca-125, and transvaginal ultrasound would be needed. The ultimate way to know is surgery to see if it is in fact, a tumor of something else. ...Read more

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Does a ca125 blood test check for cancers other than ovarian cancer?

Does a ca125 blood test check for cancers other than ovarian cancer?

Yes: There are other cancers that will have a positive ca-125. They include cancer of the pancreas, stomach, esophagus, liver, breast, colon, or lung. Cancer of the lining of the abdominal cavity, and cancer of the fallopian tubes or lining of uterus. ...Read more

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Is there a blood test for cancer?

Not quite: Cancer is not one disease but a conglomeration of multiple disease. Some cancers, e.g., leukemias, multiple myeloma, and some advanced cancers can be detected by blood tests. However there are different tests for even these categories of cancers. ...Read more

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Any reliable blood test for ovarian cancer?

NO: There is no good / reliable blood test for ovarian cancer as a screening test. However, if you have ovarian cancer , a cancer marker- ca-125, in majority times is elevated in ovarian cancer and this can be used to monitor response to treatment. ...Read more

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Blood test for constipation from colon cancer?

Blood test for constipation from colon cancer?

No good test: There is no good blood test for either constipation or colon cancer. In late colon cancer cea levels are usually elevated, but there are other causes of elevated cea. ...Read more

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Urine tested positive for blood said its normal for patients that had radiation therapy for prostate cancer also are ther any cancer cells in urine bl?

Urine tested positive for blood said its normal for patients that had radiation therapy for prostate cancer also are ther any cancer cells in urine bl?

Possibly: Radiation therapy can cause inflammatory changes in the bladder which can result in microscopic blood in the urine. However a urine cytology should be performed to rule out possibly bladder abnormalities. Additionally, if the history of radiation therapy is in the past, then a cystoscopy (camera to look in your urethra and bladder) may be warranted. Please discuss further with your doctors. ...Read more

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How does a blood test show cancer in your blood?

How does a blood test show cancer in your blood?

What blood test?: You can not see cancer on regular blood test. With a very sophisticated test like a flow cytometry for leukemia and lymphoma panel- sometimes you can detect population of abnormal leukemia cells or other blood cancer like lymphoma. ...Read more

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What blood tests would be abnormal with bone cancer?

Maybe none: Primary bone cancer usually cause pain and have abnormal x-rays and ct scans. If there are abnormal labs, there might be anemia (low hemoglobin) of chronic disease. Metastatic bone cancers are more likely to have lab abnormalities like anemia and perhaps tumor specific marker elevations. ...Read more

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Is there a screening test for lung cancer?

Is there a screening test for lung cancer?

Yes: There are new recommendations from the us preventive services task force (uspstf) on ct screening to detect lung cancer."up to 20, 000 deaths a year from lung cancer might be prevented by annual screenings of generally healthy people who have smoked a pack a day for 30 or more years (or the equivalent such as 2 packs a day for 15 yrs) who are ages 55 to 79 and have smoked within the past 15 years.". ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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