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Does a intestinal or colon cancer show in a blood test thru the WBC ? And if there is no bleeding is it possible to be cancer?

Does a intestinal or colon cancer show in a blood test thru the WBC ? And if there is no bleeding is it possible to be cancer?

No and yes: There is a blood test that we use in colon cancer, however it is not advised for screening.

There can be colon cancer without bleeding. Only 25% of colon cancers present with bleeding. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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My sister is on chemotherapy (folfox for metastatic colon cancer). Recent blood test shows high WBC (14, 000) and platelets (429). Is this okay?

My sister is on chemotherapy (folfox for metastatic colon cancer).  Recent blood test shows high WBC (14, 000) and platelets (429). Is this okay?

No worries.: High WBC can be due to many causes: infection, stress, steroid use, dehydration, or the use of growth factor (such as neupogen). If there is no evidence of infection, then there is nothing to worry about. High platelet count is not uncommon since it is a body's reaction to stress of any cause (platelet is an acute phase reactant). Again, nothing to worry about. All the best, hk. ...Read more

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My husband has colon cancer, his tumor and section of colon were removed yesterday. He has an elevated white blood cell count but no fever. Problem?

My husband has colon cancer, his tumor and section of colon were removed yesterday. He has an elevated white blood cell count but no fever. Problem?

See below: 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, the elevated white cell count is likely a normal reaction to the trauma of surgery. If he has fever, discharge from the surgical site, pain at the surgical site, then you should consult your doctor promptly. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer usually cause bright red blood in your stool or is the blood darker in color?

Does colon cancer usually cause bright red blood in your stool or is the blood darker in color?

Usually occult...: It is usually not "red"-ily visible until late in the disease. Then it can be dark or bright, depending on rate of loss and location of leakage, as tends to darken with more time in GI tract. Also may be associated with narrowed caliber of stool. If concerned, see dr for fecal blood testing & if positive, referral for colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Worried at 41 have colon cancer cause of streak of blood on stool only when I squeeze and not everyday. Dr. Checked anus said I was inflamed in my anu?

Worried at 41 have colon cancer cause of streak of blood on stool only when I squeeze and not everyday. Dr. Checked anus said I was inflamed in my anu?

Family history?: Hard stool may cause streaking with blood. Take fiber laxative and drink plenty of water to avoid hard stools. Unless a close relative of yours had colon cancer before the age of 50, I would not be too concerned about colon cancer. When you turn 50 that would be time to get a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Do white blood cell counts always go up with colon cancer?

Do white blood cell counts always go up with colon cancer?

Michael's Mission: Please check out www.Michaelsmission.Org it is a very informative website about colorectal cancer. ...Read more

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Does colon cancer always cause anemia? My GI doc thinks i'm cancer free because the blood count is good.

Does colon cancer always cause anemia? My GI doc thinks i'm cancer free because the blood count is good.

Not necessarily: Colon cancer is one of many causes of anemia. Likewise, some cancers never bleed, and do not cause it. Your gastroenterologist can determine if you need further work up or colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Do colon cancer polyps cause constant blood in the stool or intermittently? Do polyps only bleed when they're ruptured from straining passing stool?

Do colon cancer polyps cause constant blood in the stool or intermittently? Do polyps only bleed when they're ruptured from straining passing stool?

Intermittent: Bleeding form polyps is intermittent and depends on the size and type of polyp. That is why yearly testing is recommended. You may consult this site for information about blood in stool.
http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/blood-in-stool#1
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What is the most common red flag for colon cancer , I have diahrrea and gas but cause I have gerd, no blood no weakness or fatigue?

What is the most common red flag for colon cancer , I have diahrrea and gas but cause I have gerd, no blood no weakness or fatigue?

There are none: As you are young, first consider your diet and try cutting out gluten (bread etc) and fatty meals (read food recipes on packages). Then discuss your family history for colon cancer with family members, and ask the age at which the person got colon cancer. There are families that get colon cancer in the under 30 age range. Colonoscopy and genetic testing can be done by your GI doctor. ...Read more

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What are some possible causes of blood in stool, lack of appetite and stomach discomfort? I'm scared I have colon cancer

What are some possible causes of blood in stool, lack of appetite and stomach discomfort? I'm scared I have colon cancer

Blood in stool: GI symptoms. Please see your doc who may refer you to a GI doc or order an upper and lower scope. It MAY be anything from straining when having a BM to something more. It is very important that you follow up. Then you may catch this early and have peace of mind. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can colonoscopy(done by an incompetent doctor) cause colon cancer? Suppose the doctor nicks something you know? There's bright red blood in my stool.

Colonoscopy: Colonoscopy by an incompetent doctor cannot cause colon cancer although it could have missed colon cancer. If a hole was put in the colon then there could be severe infection. Recommend reviewing your results of the colonoscopy because polyps, hemorrhoids, colitis, and diverticulosis could all cause rectal bleeding. ...Read more

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When colon cancer reach a level that causes anemia blood in stool became visible or stool became dark or rectal bleeding has started am I right?

When colon cancer reach a level that causes anemia blood in stool became visible or stool became dark or rectal bleeding has started am I right?

Not necessarily: Slow bleeding from colon cancer can lead to anemia, without visible blood or black tarry stools. More often than not, anemia is the presenting symptom, especially for right sided colon cancers. ...Read more

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1 Morning stool test done.2-3 pus cells.SGOT 62,No blood.Blood test-mild eosinophilia.I have lipomas in my body.sonography normal.Colon cancer,lipoma?

1 Morning stool test done.2-3 pus cells.SGOT 62,No blood.Blood test-mild eosinophilia.I have lipomas in my body.sonography normal.Colon cancer,lipoma?

Sketchy information: Not a picture of colon cancer, also not the age, you need a Gastroenterologist to evaluate your condition better and do more comprehensive liver enzymes workup, goodluck ...Read more

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I have no blood in my stool. Can sudden constipation still be caused by colon cancer? Doctor said I have to retrain my colon by taking stool softeners

I have no blood in my stool. Can sudden constipation still be caused by colon cancer? Doctor said I have to retrain my colon by taking stool softeners

Sure, but...: How to define "constipation?" A medical definition is bowel infrequency (less than one bowel movement every 3-4 days). I know of no patient who died due to bowel infrequency. On the other hand, an obstructed colon that ruptures, leaks, infarcts can be life threatening if the obstruction is not relieved. Sounds like CA is unlikely to be the problem, but share concerns with UR doctor & get checked. ...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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Im 22 and sometimes I see fresh bright blood on top of stool how likely is it colon cancer?

Not likely: At your age it would be very unusual to be colon cancer. If the blood is bright red and on the tip or the end of the stool or on the paper it is likely to be hemorrhoids. I wouldn't worry too much. You can use hemorrhoid cream and make sure the stools are soft and that should resolve. ...Read more

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Today i found some really small dots of blood in my stool so i'm really worried. Is it colon cancer?

Today i found some really small dots of blood in my stool so i'm really worried. Is it colon cancer?

Need to be checked: Any blood in the stool is cause for concern and should prompt your seeing a physician soon. Hopefully, it is simply a bleeding hemorrhoid, fissure or other benign cause but malignancy must be ruled out. A proctoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy might be performed as an office procedure but if negative, a full colonoscopy must be performed to be sure there is not a colon polyp or cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more