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Cancer Levels In Blood Tests
Pancreatitis: Typical tests done include amylase and lipase. Amylase can be elevated due to other problems, so lipase is more specific. Any elevation indicates a problem. Lab values are specific to the lab used. Severe pancreatitis can elevate the lipase into the 1000's. Even a small elevation above normal can cause severe pain. ...Read more
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
Not all cancers: Most cancers are not detected in the blood initially. There are a few that produce markers that allow us to screen patients for cancer with a blood test. Prostate cancer is the most common. There are some blood markers that are used to detect GI cancers as well as to follow patients with gyn cancers as well as breast. Testicular cancer also has commonly used markers. Must be in context of case. ...Read more
Possible: Please note that cea is just another tool we have and as such it is not perfect. Many patients have elevated cea and have no cancer and many others have clinical and x-ray evidence of active cancer and yet their cea is normal. Such tumors just don't produce cea and in those cases, the test is useless. No test is infallible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not related likely: Most likely blood in the urine is not related to your lung cancer. Go to see your doctor to eval why you have blood in the urine- infection? Stone? Etc. Are you receiving chemo? Sometimes- medication include chemo can cause irritation on the bladder/cystitis. Discuss with your doctor re-above problem- get some work-up and go from there. An imaging like sono kidney or ct scan may be needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Your consent is required to test for either of these. ...Read more
Not really.: Apart from tests for genetic markers, breast cancer is usually diagnosed from self exam or mammography where a mass is detected. If it persists throughout the cycle, or is in postmenopausal women, it should be aspirated. If the fluid is bloody or leaves a residual mass, or the original mass is solid, a mammogram and excisional biopsy are done. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thick blood , high inflammation levels abnormal liver function in all 3 blood tests, test back pos for blood clot on lung after dye test, back neg?
This is serious: I trust the dye test was a pulmonary angiogram that demonstrated a pulmonary thromboembolus, and it has also been determined that you have hypercoagulable blood. This is a major problem that will require work with your primary care physician and probably long-term medical management -- more than healthtap can do. Hope you do not smoke. The "inflammation" & liver labs need to be addressed in time. ...Read more
Need More tests: A single blood sample may not accurately reflect cortisol levels as peak values may have occurred at a different point during the daily cycle, producing a normal blood sample when cortisol levels are actually elevated. The elevation would be detected, however, by 24-hour urine cortisol levels. High urine cortisol can be caused by cushing's, lung cancer, adrenal tumors. ...Read more
Most: most cancers can show up as shed markers in the urine and blood by performing an ELISA. The problem is that for the most part the markers represent carbohydrate antigens which also appear in an inflammatory condition involving the organ. As such it is recommended to use the markers for following clinical response rather than for diagnosis. ...Read more
Can u have hemochromatosis if your blood tests show high iron and tsat levels in 2 out of 4 tests over 3 years - t'ferrin & ferritin levels are normal?
Proper testing: The transferrin saturation needs to be done on fasting blood samples. A cut-off of 45% is best used. If the ts > 45% on fasting specimens, although the ferritin might be normal, can be seen with some iron overload disorders including hemochromatosis. A normal fasting ferritin and tsast. ...Read more
My blood and urine test result are worrying me. it shows high Uric acid levels and traces of blood in urine.
See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, uric acid levels in urine are not meaningful, it is the blood level that counts. A few red cells in urine are not abnormal, and trace may be the same. It would be prudent to discuss the issue with your doctor who ordered the tests. ...Read more
No: Tsh or thyroid stimulating hormone is only good for assessing thyroid function (either good, overactive or underactive). With that said, during that same blood draw, your blood could potentially be checked for testosterone to determine how much you have. This is best done in the morning. Remember that we really should treat the person (and symptoms), not just a number. Make sure benefit > risk. ...Read more
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