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Doctor insights on: Blood Transfusion And Cancer

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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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Could blood transfusions mean cancer is in your blood stream?

Could blood transfusions mean cancer is in your blood stream?

Confused?: A patient needs a transfusion when their hemoglobin is very low. It can happen in cancer patients for many reasons but they don't get blood just because they have cancer. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if blood transfusions mean cancer is in your blood stream?

Wanted to know if blood transfusions mean cancer is in your blood stream?

No: Transfusions given usually for anemia are usually selected from healthy patients. Even if an unknown malignant situation were present in the donor and there were cancer cells in circulation, implantation in any tissue and tumor growth would not occur. The cells would have to have shed and not just been present in the blood and the recipient would have to have been on immunosuppressive agents. ...Read more

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My husband in last stage off liver failure and hep c. He is bleeding out had many blood transfusion,platelets.cancer. how long for test see what stage?

My husband in last stage off liver failure and hep c. He is bleeding out had many blood transfusion,platelets.cancer. how long for test see what stage?

See Hepatologist: Your husband has a serious set of medical problems, end-stage liver failure from hepatitis C complicated by portal hypertension from cirrhosis and liver cancer. I suggest that he see a liver specialist, a hepatologist, to care for his condition and assess options - with a background of alcohol abuse, he might not be a liver transplant candidate but there may be other options. Do this ASAP ...Read more

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I dont hve .hep. b from childhood. i got frm blood transfusion during my cancer treatment.i n in immune tolerant phase.can i go to the active phase?

I dont hve .hep. b from childhood. i got frm blood transfusion during my cancer treatment.i n in immune tolerant phase.can i go to the active phase?

Hep B status: Most immune tolerant phase patients do eventually go into the active phase when the body's immune system recognizes the hepatitis B as foreign and tries to eradicate it. ...Read more

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How can we increase the platelets count (no blood transfusion) in a cancer patient? Are there any natural solutions (food, vitamin complex etc)? Thx

How can we increase the platelets count (no blood transfusion) in a cancer patient? Are there any natural solutions (food, vitamin complex etc)? Thx

Intravenous water : Soluble vitamins can do it. Linus pauling worked with a scottish physician and found that large doses of vitamin c helped cancer patients. I/v vit c gets higher concentrations. Trouble is that vitamin therapy has not yet become an accepted approach. ...Read more

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Today my friend was told she will not go into remission.Dr.Will not do more chemo.Pain meds increased.Blood transfusion.Stage 4 lung cancer, mets.Hope?

Today my friend was told she will not go into remission.Dr.Will not do more chemo.Pain meds increased.Blood transfusion.Stage 4 lung cancer, mets.Hope?

Yes and No: Stage 4 lung cancer is an incurable type of cancer. Only about half of the patients respond to chemotherapy and that benefit lasts for no more than 6 to 12 months. That is about all one can do in the present state of cancer treatemnt. Once cancer has progressed despite chemotherapy it is good to seek palliative care/hospice care to help her to go through rest of her life with least bit of sufferin. ...Read more

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Can you get cancer from a blood transfusion?

Can you get cancer from a blood transfusion?

No.: It's very unlikely. First the donor, who appears completely healthy, would have to have cancer cells in their blood, such as with leukemia, and not know it. The donated unit must pass the all the lab tests. Finally the donor and the recipient would have to be a tissue match, not just have compatible blood. The odds there are less than 1 in 10, 000 if the blood is not from a relative. ...Read more

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What can happen if you need a blood transfusion due to low platelets during cancer and you refuse to have the transfusion?

Low platelet: If you have low platelet and you refused to get the recommended transfusion : 1. You are at risk to have bleeding. The lower the platelet counts, the higher your risk for bleeding. Spontaneous bleeding can happen when it's. ...Read more

Dr. Juan Merayo-Rodriguez
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Transfusions (Definition)

Sometimes babies are given whole blood to supply what they are lacking, and sometimes only components of blood, such as platelets or ...Read more