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Can You Give Blood If You Have Thyroid 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
Give blood withCA Hx: Not actually a straight forward answer on this one...Needs to be at least a year since youve 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
Not likely.: These kind of cancers are usually deternined by clinical findings. Oral cancers usually present as nonhealing ulcers that can be painful. Hoarseness can be an early sign of throat cancer. But, at this time, there appears to be no blood test or set of readings to detect this. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Please clarify: It would be extraordinarily unusual for thyroid cancer to spread to the cervix. It is fairly common however for thyroid cancer to go the the cervical lymph nodes. This means the lymph nodes in the neck around the thyroid. These can be checked by the scans done before surgery and possibly with removal of the nodes during the thyroid operation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can give blood: This is not a restriction for giving blood. Behcet's is not a transmissible disease. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can someone tell me if it is possible for your blood tests to show hypothyroidism even if you don't have an underactive thyroid?
Thats how we tell: Screen with Thyroid Stimulating Hormone(TSH) and follow up testing with T4 and T3 (liothyronine) levels. There are 2 main differrent types of Hypothyroidism, with the most common being underactive thyroid whicvh would cause the T4 and T3 (liothyronine) levels to be low and the TSH to be high. Stress can also cause the TSH to be altered, but the T3 (liothyronine) and T4 would be normal. That is when we check Reverse T3 (liothyronine). Symptoms important too ...Read more
How do you know if you have low or high blood sugar of if you have diabetes, without a blood test?
Can you get home tests that tell you if you have adrenal insufficiency or problems with the gland?
No: An endocrinologist needs to be involved in order to diagnose adrenal insufficiency. Usually stimulation testing is necessary. If your pituitary gland is involved then other hormones will also be checked. The adrenal makes lots of different hormones. If the source of insufficiency is because of congenital adrenal hyperplasia or autoimmune disease, testing is a little different. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not necessarily: Tsh stands for thyroid stimulating hormone. It does exactly that-- tells your thyroid to make thyroid hormone. If your thyroid isn't making enough hormone, your TSH will increase. And if your thyroid is making too much hormone, your TSH will go down. But cancer is usually not the cause for a high or low tsh. And you can have a completely normal TSH and still have thyroid cancer. Hope that helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on type: Guaiac for blood in the stool can be a sign of colon cancer. Colonoscopy is a screening study, where a polyp, tumor, or mass can be biopsied and a diagnosis given by a pathologist for colon cancer. Imaging studies may suggest a tumor also. There are many ways of screening for colon cancer (usually started after 50 years), depending on age and symptoms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: Depending on the type of cancer you have, how long you've had it or if you're actively being treated for it, you may not be allowed to donate. If you had cancer years ago and are otherwise well, you may be able to. Please check with your local blood center to see what their specific requirements are for donors. ...Read more
Usually no: Blood tests can definitely identify certain cancers, such as leukemias and some lymphomas, and they can strongly suggest other cancers if certain tumor "markers" are present in elevated concentrations. Most cancers are not detectable by blood tests, however, and are not even suggested by them. ...Read more
How do you test for lung cancer? What kind of tests do you need to have to check if you have lung cancer?
CT screening: If there is specific lesion, biopsies will need to be obtained. Ct scan is used to screen. Lung cancer is often silent until late. However, there is screening for appropriate candidates to help find it early. The following link may help: http://goo.Gl/oqvsp. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How would you know if you have cancer? Is there any signs? Would a blood test show if you hsve cancer?
No: Cancer is not one disease, but there are multiple types of cancers that affect multiple organs. There is no blood test for a generic diagnosis of cancer. The signs and symptoms of different cancers vary and there is no pathognomnic sign or symptom either. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
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