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Cancer And White Blood Cells
Minimal: Cancer cells do not produce an increase in white cells seen with inflammation. There is a slight change in ability to turn on cytotoxic and antibody producing cells. Where bacterial infections can boost the WBC's, cancers have a minimal reaction considered to help in surveillance. The amt, of tumor protein for a response is about 1000ugm where tumors have about 25 ugm. ...Read more
Hi can a blood biochemistry and hamatolghy profile detect cancer and does it change the white blood cells?
Sometimes.: There is no single test, or group of tests that can detect all cancers. An abnormal CBC (complete blood count) can find signs of blood cancer (leukemia, usually). A comprehensive chemistry cancer may show signs of cancer, but usually only advanced disease. A few cancers can cause the white blood count to go up, but a high WBC is very non-specific. High WBC is rarely because of cancer. ...Read more
Unlikely: White cells in the eye are typically just inflammatory cells and can be present in a number of conditions, such as iritis, or in the post-operative period from eye surgery. Rarely, white cells can indicate the presence of lymphoma in the eye. Other types of cancers in the eye tend to be seen as masses, rather than cells. An ophthalmologist should be able to identify the source of these cells. ...Read more
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