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Cancer Normal Blood Work
Yes.: Unfortunately there is no blood test generally available at this time to screen for early cancer. Routine lab studies will usually be normal. Your best option is to try to avoid cancer: No tobacco, stay on the slim side, lots of exercise, eat only organic produce and sharply reduce consumption of meat, chicken, dairy. For more information on diet: go to NutritionFacts. Org ...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
Yes: The routine blood tests screen for common blood related cancers such as leukemia. They do not screen for the solid body organ cancers such as lung, breast, prostate, gastrointestinal, brain. There are however certain markers in the blood that may suggest but do not prove there is cancer there. Overall the routine blood tests are not specific enough for the solid body organ cancers. ...Read more
What kind of cancer would be detected by a normal check-up type of blood work without specifically looking for one?
Prostate, maybe: We pick up cancer on history, physical exam, and evidence-based screening. Whether the prostate screening blood test does more harm or good is today's hot question. The other routine labs aren't intended to spot any of the common cancers, and won't until they're far along. Blood screening with tumor markers has been a disappointment, usually more harm than good. ...Read more
I recently had blood work done and all tests were in normal range except lymphocytes at 21.9. I am worried about cancer. Help?
Don't be: Lymphocytes in that range are not concerning for cancer. Circulating cells in the blood each have a different function. Lymphocytes are more of the memory cells, and so a slight increase just means they are reacting to something in the blood. It may be a cold, flu, new anti-perspirant, new hair gel, etc. Maybe an infection to ebv (mono) is also possible. Most unlikely to be cancer. ...Read more
Can benign mass grow in pancreaus I have one waiting on biopsy results but all blood work is normal. What is chance of it being pancratic cancer!
Await the biopsy: Yes, there can be benign tumors of the pancreas, however you need to await the results of the biopsy to be certain. ...Read more
How would a person know if they have cancer? I'm not sick. Blood work is good. I do have fattt liver which I have changed my diet and exercise some. I lose about ten lbs a month is this normal
Weight loss with: Effort is difficult; without explanation is worrisome. A 'fatty liver" on ct may be non-specific, but it sounds like you need an internist to evaluate all the possibilities. ...Read more
See a specialist: You're unlikely to have liver cancer, though your long term risk may be higher. You need to find out more about the hepatitis c. Is it active (hcv RNA positive)? Is there evidence of fibrosis or cirrhosis (liver ultrasound, biopsy)? How treatable is it (hcv genotype, il28 genotype)? ...Read more
2 yr old. Recurring fevers. Blood work shows- LDH/CRP normal, white count 3, 300 w/ range of 5, 000-17, 000, a lot if monocytes. Cancer concerns?
I had change in bowel habits, stool analysis and blood work done and all came back normal. How can I stop worrying that I have bowel cancer?
What's the chance of pancrtic cancer they call it mass called lymphadenopathy at small bowl. All blood work is normal tumor markers normal to I am 36 f?
Your question: Is rather disjointed perhaps because you are scared, but small bowel lymphadenopathy is not synonymous with pancreatic cancer which btw would be unusual at your age, mesenteric adenitis from a viral illness, non specific enteritis, or over-read of a ct scan is a little more common. Why don't you ask the doctor who ordered the ct scan on your behalf about the results. ...Read more
I had a CT scan done 2 weeks ago, normal. Colon and endo done in march, normal. Blood work in march, normal. I'm still scared I have cancer.
What are the odds of a 18 year old with all normal blood work and no family history having colon cancer? Change in bm looser stool no other symptoms
Colon cancer RARE: 90% of colon cancer is in people 50 and up. The average age of a patient with colon cancer is 72. The odds of an adolescent having colon cancer is 0.31 in 1 000 000. You should discuss your many concerns about colon cancer with your doctor. A simple stool test may help reassure you. Good luck. ...Read more
What is the likelihood of having lung cancer with a clear chest xray and normal blood work? Only real symptom is SOB but clear Echo 15 months ago
Not likely at 32: At 32, it's very unlikely that you have lung cancer. Especially if you have no weight loss, no sweats and are not coughing up any blood. If you smoke, you can further reduce your risk by quitting! There are many causes for shortness of breath, so talk to your doctor about any further evaluation you might need. ...Read more
Went to diet dr. Blood work 13 WBC with normal percentages. Absolute neutrophils 9. Absolute lymph 3.6 are these numbers signs of cancer? Pcp said no
Agree with PCO: 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, your blood count does not suggest cancer at all. If you have fever, recheck with your PCP, not diet dr. ...Read more
Had thyroid cancer been on 188mcg levothyroxine TSH has been normal. 41 now this blood work 2 months later I am high over nine point 31 why could I be?
Dark brown blood in urine. Dr thinks it is cancer. Bladder+kidneys are good and blood work is normal. No pain. Fatigue. What cancer can it be?
I'm 42 yr old, obese. Since c section 3yrs ago, I ache. My blood work was normal, except Crp is 9.6 now I'm worried about heart and cancer. Dr isn't?
Your Emotional Health is PRECIOUS!
IT is NOT WHAT you eat
It is What is Eating You!
Stress and lack of exercise have led to being overweight.
Accept and Respect yourself who you are at this time.
Do not think and feel a lot about heart and cancer.
Become Captain over your eating behavior, NOT Victim
See Cardiologist for Diagnosis
See Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Therapy and Medication. ...Read more
Stools are light brown/yellowish/tannish. Ct scan 2 weeks ago normal, blood work, colon and endo in march all normal. Age 25. Believe I have cancer?
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
Weight loss of 3 pounds since September. No diet or change. Worried about colon cancer as I have read unexplained weight loss can be a sign. I suffer from health anxiety. So my thoughts are racing. No thyroid problems. Blood work was normal in May 2017.
Anxiety focused on: Health issues suggests a POSSIBLE phobia or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Continue to see your doctor and please see a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment. Please don't use medication only. Therapy can be more long-lasting and empowering. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Feeling tired, weak spells, voice loss when singing or cheering, neck pain in the muscles to the touch. Normal chest xray and blood work. Cancer?
Symptoms without dx.: Someone has ordered limited lab testing which is normal, but sounds like either a vocal nodule, or perhaps a viral disease like mono may be the cause. While cancer is not likely, because this is condition worries you, a thorough evaluation to examine your whole person (physical and mental) is needed to fully diagnose or reassure you. ...Read more
Have abdo bloating, intermittent pain abdo flatulence previous history breast cancer. Blood work up included CRP came back normal where to next?
GI: You should see your friendly gastrointestinal doctor. ...Read more
Generally no: Very few solid organ cancers show up in a blood test (prostate, ovary and few others). ...Read more
Is there blood work that can determine if someone has any form of cancer.......An where can this be done?
It depends.: This depends on the type of tumor being checked for. Some, like ovarian cancer have tumor markers that can be checked, but they must be combined with other tests. Others have antigens, like psa or prostate specific antigen for prostate cancer, that can be measured, but they can be high in other conditions, like hyperplasia of the prostate, or can even be low in cancer. Others have no marker. ...Read more
Different ways: Tumor markers, or blood tests for certain cancers can be used for screening, or to evaluate treatment. They are not "diagnostic" of cancer, and some are more specific than others. Psa is specific for prostate cancer but elevated psa is not diagnostic for prostate ca. Cea is useful for evaluating several types of cancer once diagnosed, but isn't at all a screening test. ...Read more
Yup: Some skin cancers won't show up in the bloodwork; unless they have advanced so far as to spread to other body systems (metastasize) lymphoma would normally present with a very high sed rate (esr) and possibly some abnormalities in a complete blood count (cbc). If you are concerned about this then please see your primary care doc for an evaluation. ...Read more
If u have any type of cancer does it show up in your blood work? If not how would they check for it?
Not usually: Although there are blood enzyme levels which are used to follow or verify cancers, as a rule blood work usually doesn't offer much help in cancer diagnosis. That is, unless you have a blood disorder, such as anemia, or very high or low levels of some cell types. Discuss any symptoms you may be having with your doctor, and let them know if you have any new lumps or are having any bleeding. ...Read more
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