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How does cancer show up in blood work?

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

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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Does cancer of the cecum show up in blood work?

Does cancer of the cecum show up in blood work?

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 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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Will skin cancer show up in blood work?

Will skin cancer show up in blood work?

Skin Cancer Screenin: Although there are a few studies ongoing for blood markers to skin cancer (including melanoma) nothings is officially available yet. We hope to see some of these test available within the next 5 years. ...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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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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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?

Many cancers: Many cancers in many organs won't show up in blood work. Kidney, bladder, bowel, skin bone etc can all be present with all blood tests being normal. Lyphoma is lesslikely, but blood test could be normal early on. ...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

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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?

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 more

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If colon cancer was present would something show up in routine blood work?

If colon cancer was present would something show up in routine blood work?

Depends: Some times colon cancer can cause anemia and abnormal liver functions but not sensitive and specific enough. Cea is used to moniter patients with a history of colon cancer but not to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What specific blood work might show abnormalities that may indicate early signs of lymphoma leukemia cancer? Not for diagnosis but 4 early indications

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

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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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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?

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

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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?

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?

Your doctors can exp: Ask your doctors what your tests show. Typically Cancer does not show in the blood unless it is a blood cancer like Leukemia. What is HSP? Please avoid using abbreviations...they mean different things to different folks. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Need treatments: Most likely you will have needle biopsy of liver lesion, fortunately the the chemotherapy is very effective be confident you will have excellent chance of remission, good example cyclist l armstrong speak to your oncologist. ...Read more

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Can nitotine show up in blood work?

Can nitotine show up in blood work?

Not generally: Nicotine levels would have to be ordered specifically and are available only at specialized labs. ...Read more

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When before alcohol does not show up in blood work?

When before alcohol does not show up in blood work?

You will need to: Do the math. Median rate of drop in blood alcohol content is 15 milligrams per cent per hour. ...Read more

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Do pancreas problems always show up in blood work?

Do pancreas problems always show up in blood work?

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