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Does Cancer Show Up In Routine Blood Tests
Not really.: Apart from tests for genetic markers, breast cancer is usually diagnosed from self exam or mammography where a mass is detected. If it persists throughout the cycle, or is in postmenopausal women, it should be aspirated. If the fluid is bloody or leaves a residual mass, or the original mass is solid, a mammogram and excisional biopsy are done. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Not all cancers: Most cancers are not detected in the blood initially. There are a few that produce markers that allow us to screen patients for cancer with a blood test. Prostate cancer is the most common. There are some blood markers that are used to detect GI cancers as well as to follow patients with gyn cancers as well as breast. Testicular cancer also has commonly used markers. Must be in context of case. ...Read more
No: In fact not usually. Psa so far has most data for screening for & evaluating prostate cancer. Other tumor markers are less reliable but can supplement other studies. We need to be cautious considering either screening for or following cancer solely based on blood tests. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
No: Bladder cancer is not detected during a routine urine test (urinalysis) as part of a physical examination. If bladder cancer is suspected, a special urine test is required called a urine cytology. This test is much more specific for detecting bladder cancer although it has its limitations as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: You can not pick up any drug levels from a regular blood test! ...Read more
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