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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
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
Perhaps indirectly: If bleeding and blood loss sufficient to produce anemia. Looking at blood results is not the way to diagnose colon cancer. Occult blood/guaiac card shows presence leading to colonoscopy for diagnosis. Treatment is right colectomy collecting at least 13 nodes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Generally no: Very few solid organ cancers show up in a blood test (prostate, ovary and few others). ...Read more
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
Will a full work up of blood work show if there is any kind of cancer cells or cancer?The blood work up that we r suppose to have every year?
Yes and no. : There is no one test or group of tests that will find all cancers. The combination of blood tests, review of symptoms, physical exam, and age and risk appropriate testing such as mammograms and colonoscopy provides the best we can do to prevent or provide early detection of cancer. Know your body, seek help for a new lump, change in a mole, abnormal bleeding, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What specific blood work might show abnormalities that may indicate early signs of lymphoma leukemia cancer? Not for diagnosis but 4 early indications
Hematologic cancers: Leukemia and lymphoma are classified as hematologic malignancies. See this site for leukemia: http://labtestsonline.org/understanding/conditions/leukemia/start/3 and see this site for lymphoma: http://labtestsonline.org/understanding/conditions/lymphoma/start/4 That should give you some basics on the blood tests. If you're concerned, talk to your doctor about which tests might be appropriate. ...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?
If pancreatic cancer was indeed the cause of symptoms (urq disc & occ. Floating stool) wouldn't it be advanced enough to show on CT or blood work?
Cancer phobia: Of course. It's human to be concerned about cancer because it is deadly if it cannot be treated, and there's so much misinformation. The "floating stools" of pancreatic cancer are obviously abnormal and are accompanied by obvious jaundice. If "urq disc" means discomfort in the right upper quadrant, look for another cause. If this baseless fear is obsessive, your physician can help. Cheers. ...Read more
Derm said cancer is associated hsp vasculitis. Pcp did a check up on me with routine blood work and my kidneys, and liver function. Would cancer show?
I was diagnosed with testicular cancer on 7/22/12, removed 7/25/12. Blood work good, CT scan shows 4mm, 6mm, 12mm spot on liver, your thoughts, MRI 10/9?
Not often enough: If your test shows pancreatic inflammation, appropriate to your symptoms ; risks pursue further evaluation with your doctor to clarify the cause of pancreatitis. No smoking, alcohol for now, ; consider diet restrictions. Could problem instead be pancreatic maldigestion, tumor, cyst, secretory, poor Insulin production, autoimmune, congenital, due to exogenous factors--can you be more specific here? ...Read more
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