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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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Low c3 (normal c2, c4, ch50), low igg1, low igg3, low total igm. Doc says all r acquired. He suspects cancer, autoimmunity, or infection. Is he correct?

Low c3 (normal c2, c4, ch50), low igg1, low igg3, low total igm. Doc says all r acquired. He suspects cancer, autoimmunity, or infection. Is he correct?

Difficult to tell: Without any context, it is very difficult to interpret laboratory results. More information about why these particular tests were done would be helpful. ...Read more

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Does low levels of tumor marker indicate no more cancer?

Does low levels of tumor marker indicate no more cancer?

Not necessarily: Tumor makers are good for monitoring the response to treatment. Low or better yet, absent levels may mean that tumor is not there, however, more often it indicates a remission and levels increase if there is a recurrence. Therefore low levels of tumor markers do not always mean "no more cancer". ...Read more

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Does a psa level of 8.5 indicate prostate cancer?

Does a psa level of 8.5 indicate prostate cancer?

PSA prostate cancer: Generally a psa level above 4 warrants a follow up with your physician. There can be increases due to increasing age, size of prostate, or infection. I would definitely recommend a follow up with your doctor who will have you see a urologist for further care. ...Read more

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I have high psa level does this indicate prostate cancer?

I have high psa level does this indicate prostate cancer?

Here are some...: Yes or no. To ease PSA-related confusion and debate over the past 45 yrs, peruse the articles listed in
http://www. Formefirst. Com/FreeInfoProstate. Html; thereby, you gain much insight on how to deal with... ...Read more

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Does an elevated ca 125 level always indicate that ovarian cancer is present?

Does an elevated ca 125 level always indicate that ovarian cancer is present?

No: Ca-125 may also be elevated in other cancers (i.e. Endometrial, fallopian tube, lung, breast and gastrointestinal cancers.) it can also be elevated with endometriosis or any inflammatory condition in the abdominal area. ...Read more

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What is a normal level for white blood cells to be at and what levels indicate cancer?

What is a normal level for white blood cells to be at and what levels indicate cancer?

In most labs: The normal range for WBC is from 4-10.5. No level is indicative of cancer in and of itself. ...Read more

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Is TSH and tg level indicate to recurrence thyroid cancer or tgab level? After 6 month after tt TSH is. 04 and tg. 2 but there is tgab should worry?

Is TSH and tg level indicate to recurrence thyroid cancer or tgab level? After 6 month after tt TSH is. 04 and tg. 2 but there is tgab should worry?

TgAb: It depends upon what the tgab level is. If the tgab levels are less than 22 iu/ml or 4 iu/ml depending upon which assay your laboratory uses, then there is no concern. If the tgab levels are elevated, the tg (thyroglobulin) test results are unreliable and your doctor may order other tests such as neck ultrasound or nuclear total body iodine scans. The TSH level is where it should be. ...Read more

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Is TSH and tg level indicate to recurrence thyroid cancer or tgab level? After 6 month after tt TSH is. 04 and tg. 2 but there is tgab should worry?

Is TSH and tg level indicate to recurrence thyroid cancer or tgab level? After 6 month after tt TSH is. 04 and tg. 2 but there is tgab should worry?

No Worry: The tg level follows the thyroid cancer but is unreliable if the tgab is elevated. The tgab is only relevant if it is elevated.

The TSH is used to follow your thyroid hormone levels and 0.04 is an appropriate level. ...Read more

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Can a very slight increase in calcium levels in blood work indicate cancer? I do have athyroid goiter with normal TSH & a mass in neck of my r femur.

Can a very slight increase in calcium levels in blood work indicate cancer? I do have athyroid goiter with normal TSH & a mass in neck of my r femur.

Seek other cause: The slightly elevated calcium will be worth repeating, but it will not make or break the cancer workup. It'll be your physician's decision whether or not to biopsy the mass in the femur, simply wait, or do more imaging. I trust your "amyloid goiter" is not really a medullary carcinoma with coexisting parathyroid disease (multiple endocrine neoplasia ii). ...Read more

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Does a low C4 level (10) always indicate a problem (such as myeloma, MGUS, auto immune)? Can it be just an insignificant test finding?

Does a low C4 level (10) always indicate a problem (such as myeloma, MGUS, auto immune)? Can it be just an insignificant test finding?

No: First you'll need to tell us why the test was obtained. If you have frequent swelling, abdominal or throat obstruction, this finding may indicate a condition known as hereditary angioedema. However if you are otherwise healthy, just follow-up would be sufficient. We usually treat the disease and not a lab finding. ...Read more

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I have elevated CRP and C4 levels. C3 is normal. Last two blood work-ups also revealed slightly elevated bilirubin levels. What could this indicate?

I have elevated CRP and C4 levels. C3 is normal. Last two blood work-ups also revealed slightly elevated bilirubin levels. What could this indicate?

Non-specific: Interpreting blood work can be a very tricky proposition. Each lab values needs to be interpreted within clinical context and in association with other blood tests. Elevated CRP can sometimes be normal, other times it is a marker of inflammation. Elevated bilirubin may also be normal but sometimes can be indicative of blood or gallbladder dysfunction. ...Read more

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How can cancer occur at a cellular level?

How can cancer occur at a cellular level?

Genetic changes: Our normal cells replicate themselves over and over again. As we age or are exposed to certain toxins there can be "misprints" or genetic mistakes in the replicatin process. When this occurs, usually our bodies detect this and destroy these cells, however, if that doesn't happen and these cells keep reproducing in a faulty manner then tumors form. ...Read more

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Is level 3 dysplasia cancer?

Is level 3 dysplasia cancer?

No but need followup: Type iii dysplasia (pap smear) itself is not cancer means had severe abnormal cells need careful further evaluation, for cancer cells with out invasion (in situ cancer). Must be followed with close observation for any change. ...Read more

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Can cancer cause high cortisol levels?

Can cancer cause high cortisol levels?

Yes: A spot elevated cortisol means nothing. Appropriate follow-up is a Dexamethasone suppression test, 24 hour urinary cortisol, maybe others if cushingism is a possibility, then a workup for the possible causes, one of which is an adrenal cancer. If you suspect you have cancer, there are better ways of looking for it; I'm glad you had your colonoscopy. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could high prolactin levels cause cancer?

Prolactin and cancer: It may be produced by a tumor or a cancer but a high prolactin level isn't likely to cause a cancer. Still, in women with very high levels who don't have regular menstrual cycles, the endometrial tissue can become abnormal. ...Read more

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Are longterm elevated stress levels linked to cancer?

Are longterm elevated stress levels linked to cancer?

Stress and cancer: No strong evidence that stress causes any cancer. However, those who attempt to manage their stress with risky behaviors such as smoking or drinking alcohol- can increase the risk to have cancer related to their behavior. Also, from experimental studies- it's suggested that stress can affect a tumor’s ability to grow and spread. Emotional and social support can help cope with psychological stress. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to have high levels of alp and not cancer?

Is it possible for you to have high levels of alp and not cancer?

? alp?: Abbreviations are misleading at best. I assume you imply alk phosphatase=alp?
If that is what you mean, then it does no t mean cancer as it is a non specific enzyme which can go up for many liver ailments or from bone disease also.
Good luck. ...Read more

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If cancer was to cause elevated ferritin levels, how high would the levels get?

Depends: It depends on the type of cancer. The highest levels are seen in an uncommon entity called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. You may consult this site for more information on this entity.

http://www. Hopkinsmedicine. Org/healthlibrary/conditions/hematology_and_blood_disorders/hemophagocytic_lymphohistiocystosis_134, 212/ ...Read more

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What does the most recent research indicate about a correlation between parabens and cancer growth?

What does the most recent research indicate about a correlation between parabens and cancer growth?

Potential carcinogen: Parabens or para hydroxy benzines are found in cosmetics, food preserves, many day to day products are implicated in genesis of carcinomas though definite scientific evidences is still lacking. High concentrations are found in breast cancer tissue, has estrogen like activity, contributes endocrine disruption, & may cause dna breakdown possibly skin aging. ...Read more

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Thank you. What is causing the high INR level of 15+. Could it be cancer. It was 17.9 two weeks ago.

Thank you. What is causing the high INR level of 15+. Could it be cancer. It was 17.9 two weeks ago.

Coumadin (warfarin): Assuming your not on Coumadin (warfarin), other causes include liver disease, blood factor deficiencies. ...Read more

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Is there any research being done to detect abnormality at cellular level before it evolves into cancer (God forbids)?

Is there any research being done to detect abnormality at cellular level before it evolves into cancer (God forbids)?

Ongoing and active: ...for each cancer type. We can't cure all cancers yet, but we're getting better each year at managing most. Be well-- ...Read more

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Cancer was detected after I had a TT My Thyoglobulin levels had been non detectable They are now at 0.5. Could that mean cancer is returning? Thx

Cancer was detected after I had a TT My Thyoglobulin levels had been non detectable They are now at 0.5. Could that mean cancer is returning? Thx

Thyroid cancer: The presence of thyroglobulin means there is some kind of thyroid tissue, normal or cancer. There are many questions that you should address with your Endocrinologist: was this Tg measured while on synthroid (thyroxine)? adequate dose? Did you have RAI following surgery? Total body scan? When was last ultrasound? CT of neck? How big was the initial cancer? But overall, don't worry. This can be dealt with. ...Read more

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Is there a test that tells if your body is able to produce ca19-9 even if cancer has been diagnosed and shows the level 32 and 33 tested 2x same day?

Yes possible: Ca 19-9 production is related to chromosome 19, when lewis antigen system is absent that is related to a b o blood groups will not see ca 19-9, this tumor marker may not get elevated even in presence of large GI related tumor (false negative), or elevated with out tumor 9 false positive). ...Read more

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Would your temperature indicate whether you have tonsil cancer?

Would your temperature indicate whether you have tonsil cancer?

No not exactly: A look inside your throat by your doctor is the best way to see your tonsil's health or any problem in that area. Fever is more often a symptom of infection...Rarely due to cancer and in that case it is often due to internal/advanced cancers which can sometimes cause fever. ...Read more

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Is a neutrophil level of 1.53 cancer?

Is a neutrophil level of 1.53 cancer?

Not in and of itself: What is the measure unit you are using?
Do you mean 1530 of the total wbc?
This neutrophil value is normal. ...Read more

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Does high TSH indicate cancer?

Does high TSH indicate cancer?

No!: Tsh stands for "thyroid stimulating hormone". It does exactly what it says; stimulates your thyroid to produce hormones! If your thyroid is not producing enough thyroid hormone, your TSH will go up. So a high TSH simply means you have an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). There are many conditions that cause this, and they are easily treatable. See your health provider! ...Read more

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Hcg levels in ovarian cancer?

Hcg levels in ovarian cancer?

Usually none: Only a primary ovarian choriocarcinoma, or some dysgerminomas, will produce hcg. ...Read more

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Does presence of a positive mage4 indicate cancer for sure?

No: It is not a 100 percent test. There is no 100 percent blood test for cancer that is used for screening. Need to have an abnormal scan and a growth to eval for cancer. ...Read more