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Can u have cancer with normal blood work?

Can u have cancer with 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

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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Is it possible for blood work look normal but you still can have cancer?

Is it possible for blood work look normal but you still can have cancer?

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

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What kind of cancer would be detected by blood work from a normal check-up?

What kind of cancer would be detected by blood work from a normal check-up?

Leukemia: This is the most common way to have leukemias show up. The CBC will either be very abnormal or there will be weird cells. Stomach and colon cancer may present as iron deficiency. ...Read more

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What kind of cancer would be detected by a normal check-up type of blood work without specifically looking for one?

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

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I recently had blood work done and all tests were in normal range except lymphocytes at 21.9. I am worried about cancer. Help?

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

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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!

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

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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

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

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All blood work was normal but hep c was positive. Can I still have liver cancer?

All blood work was normal but hep c was positive. Can I still have liver cancer?

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

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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?

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?

More likely viral: The results you have described are more consistent with a viral infection rather than cancer. A repeated CBC can help confirm this assumption if the concern remains. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Colonoscopy: This is the only modality for ruling this in or out. You're 26 years old and without known polyp disease or a very strong family history the odds are low, but if the thought is troubling you, it might well be worth performing the procedure. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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?

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?

Blood in urine: It is abnormal to have blood in urine. If it cannot be accounted for you need to look at the kidneys and then have the bladder scoped. You are screening for a cancer. If you have this done and cleared by urologist then you have an unexplained blood in urine ...Read more

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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?

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?

Obesity Risks: 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
Exercise
See Cardiologist for Diagnosis
See Psychiatrist for Diagnosis, Therapy and Medication. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Unlikely.: If your ct scan included your liver and biliary system and was normal, very doubtful that you have cancer. I would, however, recommend a possible GI (gastroenterology) consultation for further evaluation of your symptoms. ...Read more

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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.

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

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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?

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

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Is blood work usually out of range when a cancer is diagnosed? If so, what is usually off?

Not always: It is not necessary that cancer may show in the form of blood tests that off normal value. Also sometimes the abnormal values of the blood tests could be related to the treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation. ...Read more

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Is there blood work that can determine if someone has any form of cancer.......An where can this be done?

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

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How does cancer show up in blood work?

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

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Is it actually true that cancer will always show up in blood work?

Certain: Very lethal cancers have absolutely normal "blood work". Not sure from where this idea springs, but it is a bogus notion that blood work is the answer to cancer diagnosis and follow up. Too simple, and simplistic, to be true, . ...Read more

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Are their any cancers that won't show up in routine blood work? What anout lymphoma?

Are their any cancers that won't show up in routine blood work? What anout lymphoma?

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

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If u have any type of cancer does it show up in your blood work? If not how would they check for it?

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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If u had cancer starting would you know it right away? How do they check for cancer. Blood work show u have cancer?

Cancer screening: There is no magic blood test or scan to screen. There are guidelines for screen common cancers. Like mammogram starting age 40 or earlier if strong family history. Regular pap smears, colonoscopy starting age 50 or earlier if family history. Psa test in men at age 50. Most cancers diagnosed on screening or when someone has symptoms and then more test are orderd. ...Read more