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What does high blast cells mean that show up in a regular cbc? I have leukemia n can't go into remission, so i feel like my doctor has given up on me.

What does high blast cells mean that show up in a regular cbc? I have leukemia n can't go into remission, so i feel like my doctor has given up on me.

Consult: I'm sorry about your illness. Some types of leukemia are often curable; others are not. The fact that you have written tells me that this is time for a review by a second specialist in leukemia -- not because i suspect error, but because communication may have broken down. You have an absolute right both to clear answers (outlook, options) and to feel cared-for regardless of your illness's course. ...Read more

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Leukemia (Definition)

Leukemia is a malignant hematologic neoplasm that originates in the bone marrow and represents a clonal proliferation of hematopoietic elements belonging to any of the myeloid, lymphoid, erythroid, and megakaryocytic lineages. Of note, other hematologic neoplasms like lymphoma or myeloma may demonstrate a leukemic phase without actually originating in the bone marrow ...Read more


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Would a CBC always show leukemia, if you have leukemia?

Would a CBC always show leukemia, if you have leukemia?

Usually.: The cbc, or complete blood count measures the normal cellular components of blood, red cells, white cells and platelets. Leukemia is detected by either there being abnormal cells in the blood, or a reduction in the normal elements. Very early on in the development of leukemia, there might not be enough damage to the bone marrow for the normal elements to be effected or abnormal cells to be found. ...Read more

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What happens if my son had leukemia, what would the CBC show?

Pancytopenia: Usually, patients with leukemia have low white blood cell, red blood cell, and platelet values - called pancytopenia. Sometimes, white blood cell counts will be elevated - this happens when normal white blood cells are replaced by leukemia cells. Some CBCs will report concerning cells types, but abnormal white blood cells should be examined under a microscope with Oncology referral as necessary. ...Read more

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Would a CBC show lymphoma or leukemia?

Likely for leukemia: Oftentimes leukemias can be picked up on routine CBC since it is a cancer of the blood and causes abnormal values of your red and white blood cells to appear. Lymphomas do not always affect the blood in a way that would be picked up on cbc. All leukemias however will not be picked up on routine CBC and CBC alone will not tell you what kind of leukemia specifically one might have. ...Read more

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Can a CBC (blood test) show leukemia always?

Can a CBC (blood test) show leukemia always?

Yes, most times: A leukemia typically begins in the bone marrow and will often show effects on the CBC as the cancer cells spill over into the circulating blood. On rare occasions leukemia may be still limited in the bone marrow, so we make a diagnosis by taking a bone marrow sample. ...Read more

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Could a CBC (blood test) show leukemia accurately always?

Could a CBC (blood test) show leukemia accurately always?

Sometimes: Sometimes but not always. Leukemia, a form of blood and bone marrow cancer, is frequently detectable in the blood; however, especially if early in the course of the disease, leukemic cells may be confined to the bone marrow and not cross into the blood in sufficient numbers to be detected by a cbc. Ultimately, the complete diagnosis and prognosis of leukemia relies on bone marrow examination. ...Read more

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Can I have a normal CBC and still have leukemia?I have all the symptoms but blood seems fine but is it possible to only show up on a BMB and not blood

Not leukemia: Normal CBC proves you don't have leukemia. Anyway, there are no "symptoms" of leukemia. Most cases cause no symptoms at all; or nonspecific symptoms that go along with a hundred other conditions. Check back with your doctor if you remain concerned. Good luck! ...Read more

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Would a CBC help diagnosis leukemia?

Yes it would: Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells, so the white blood counts are effected by leukemia, usually they increase but sometimes they can go down too. Also the hb and platelet counts are also affected by leukemia as it grows in the bone marrow and can compromise the production of all types of blood cells.. So a CBC is a good screening test for leukemia diagnosis. ...Read more

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What does your CBC have to be in order to be diagnosed with leukemia?

WBC abnormality : In leukemia, patients typically have avery high WBC (white blood cell count), which is one of the results that comes in a CBC (complete blood count). Sometimes though, WBC counts only mildly elevated. Several other parameters included in the CBC, like hemoglobin, and platelet count can also be abnormal. The clinical history and symptoms as well as additional testing will lead to the diagnosis. ...Read more

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If someone got a CBC in february is it possible to have developed leukemia between then and now? How long does it take for leukemia to develop?

Yes: Essentially two types of leukemia: acute and chronic. If acute, yes it can develop in a few months. Chronic can come on rapidly, however, it may be that the person never had a CBC before. The difference is acute needs treatment on an urgent to emergent basis and potentially curable. Chronic is typically not curable. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Complete Blood Count (Definition)

Share on twitter bookmark & share printer-friendly version a complete blood count (CBC) test measures the following: •the number of red blood cells (rbc count) •the number of white blood cells (wbc count) •the total amount of hemoglobin in the blood •the fraction of the blood composed of ...Read more


Cbc (Definition)

CBC stands for complete blood count. This is a lab test that counts the different formed elements- red and white ...Read more