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Doctor insights on: Cancer And White Blood Cell Count

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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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If someone had any type of cancer would the red and white blood cell count be off in a blood test?

Not always: Blood counts can be off only if the cancer is of the blood cells(leukemia). Otherwise most cancers do not effect the blood directly. Chemotherapy does alter the blood counts but only temporarily. ...Read more

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My white blood cell count was 6.25... Is this normal or low? Is it okay to take prednisone for poison ivy with this WBC count?

  My white blood cell count was 6.25... Is this normal or low? Is it okay to take prednisone for poison ivy with this WBC count?

You're fine: Normal WBC. I trust lymphocyte and neutrophil counts were fine also. Take the prenisone for the poison ivy only if it's so bad you can't sleep otherwise. We're glad to help. ...Read more

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How are white blood cell count and cancer connected?

How are white blood cell count and cancer connected?

NONE: There are many types of cancers and they have no correlation with white blood cells, unless you're referring to blood cancer known as leukemia, then the white blood cells mightbe either too low or too high, or you might see immature cells that typically are not seen. ...Read more

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Does a high white blood cell count mean I have cancer?

Does a high white blood cell count mean I have cancer?

Not necessarily: Many conditions such as infection, inflammatory process, infarction can increase white blood cells count. This is a normal body response. However, if white blood cell counts persistently elevated in the absence of infection/inflammation &/or if it is associated with abnormality on the other blood counts-red blood and platelets -further evaluations including bone marrow biopsy is likely needed. ...Read more

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White blood cell count was 17.1. Should i worry about cancer?

White blood cell count was 17.1. Should i worry about cancer?

Need further eval: An elevated wbc, leukocytosis, is frequently a sign of inflammatory response most likely with a response to infection. Further information is required to help categorize it. Go over your results with your primary care. If needed a hematology consult may assist further. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I wondering, but why is a high white blood cell count consistent with cancer?

It isn't: Most people with cancer have normal white cell counts. Elevated white cell counts are frequently seen in patients with leukemia/lymphoma but most cancer patients don't have elevated white cell counts. People with cancer can be prone to develop infection which can lead to elevated white cell count but this isn't truly from the cancer but rather the infection/inflammation. ...Read more

White Blood Cell (Definition)

Body blood cell that responds to inflamation or infection or ...Read more