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How long can someone live with low hemoglobin and cancer?

How long can someone live with low hemoglobin and cancer?

Depends: Depends on how low the hemoglobin is and type of cancer and general status of the person's health. ...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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What is the prognosis of liver cirrhosis with stage 4 liver cancer? Why people with liver cirrhosis/liver cancer have low hemoglobin, red blood cells?

What is the prognosis of liver cirrhosis with stage 4 liver cancer? Why people with liver cirrhosis/liver cancer have low hemoglobin, red blood cells?

Need to ask your ono: Your oncologist can help. Anemia can be caused by blood loss (which is common in patients with cirrhosis (GI blood loss due to varices).
Poor blood formation is also common (Anemia of chronic disease). Blood transfusion can help the pateint. Keep Hemoglobin near 10 Grams.
There is some treatment for Liver cancer that could be tried (the medicine is called Nexavar (Sorafenib) ...Read more

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What type of cancer is related to high hemoglobin?

What type of cancer is related to high hemoglobin?

Many Causes: Some blood disorders can cause high hemoglobin (polycythemia)...Cancers such as kidney cancer can cause polycythemia also. ...Read more

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Do I have cancer since my recent Hemoglobin is 13.1 (otherwise am a healthy adult)?

Do I have cancer since my recent Hemoglobin is 13.1 (otherwise am a healthy adult)?

Sounds okay: Depending on your gender and your lab, that may be reference range hemoglobin or just-below-reference-range. These ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside. If you feel well and are not losing blood into your gut, I wouldn't be concerned and suggest just keeping an eye on it. ...Read more

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My hemoglobin level is 11 3 what is the chance it is a cancer of some sort. My levels were fine at my physical last year. I am a male 63 years of age?

My hemoglobin level is 11 3 what is the chance it is a cancer of some sort. My levels were fine at my physical last year. I am a male 63 years of age?

Walk B4 U Run: What was your hb last year? 11.3 is only a little low. Anemia may be due to different causes, many of which are not secondary to cancer. Your doctor will be able to do some simple lab tests to determine if it is due to decreased production of red blood cells or increased loss. If (s)he identifies evidence of internal bleeding from the GI tract, you will need to see a GI doctor for endoscopy. ...Read more

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Could hemoglobin blood test or any kind of blood test show cancer if the person has in it?

Could hemoglobin blood test or any kind of blood test show cancer if the person has in it?

Yes.: There are blood tests that can be very useful in detecting some forms of malignancy. A complete blood count (CBC) can be very helpful in diagnosing blood malignancies like leukemias. Measurements of certain makers / proteins in blood can help in diagnosing and following some solid tumors. One example is the marker 'psa' for prostate cancer. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

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My friend has cml cancer and her hemoglobin levels were critical and she needed 3 pints of blood. What could be the cause critical hemoglobin levels?

My friend has cml cancer and her hemoglobin levels were critical and she needed 3 pints of blood. What could be the cause critical hemoglobin levels?

May not be CML: Although CML is a marrow cancer and suppresses red cells, CML is also often very manageable today and the anemia may well be from something else. ...Read more

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What is polycythemia vera? Can high hemoglobin cause any cancer conditions?

What is polycythemia vera? Can high hemoglobin cause any cancer conditions?

PCV: PCV is a chronic neoplastic disorder of the bone marrow in which there is unregulated production of red cells leading to way too many red cells in the blood. A high hemoglobin does not cause cancer. A high hemoglobin may be the result of an underlying neoplasm as in the case of PCV. ...Read more

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At the age of 63 I am could't increase the hemoglobin level. Is it sign of blood cancer?

At the age of 63 I am could't increase the hemoglobin level. Is it sign of blood cancer?

MD: Low hemoglobin could be due to 1. Lack of iron 2.Lack of vitamins- b12, Folic Acid 3. Decreased production by the bone marrow 4.Increased loss of blood (which you may not see).It is best to consult you md who would do some simple tests to find out the exact problem. ...Read more

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Mom having big hemoglobin drops (10-11 to 5-7) every 3-4 months- gone to ER each time w/ tranfusions. Hemo found her negative for PNH, cancer. Ideas?

Mom having big hemoglobin drops (10-11 to 5-7) every 3-4 months- gone to ER each time w/ tranfusions. Hemo found her negative for PNH, cancer. Ideas?

Continue workup: This is GI bleeding from an ulcer until proved otherwise. If your current hematologist can't find anything or direct the general medical workup, get a consult. Mom is fortunate to have a son who's so devoted and caring. ...Read more

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What is the hemoglobin and white blood cell count for lung cancer?

What is the hemoglobin and white blood cell count for lung cancer?

Varies: If you are getting active chemotherapy- your hemoglobin and white blood cells would be affected by the therapy and may go down low-requiring either treatment, transfusion or a short break from treatment. If your cancer has spread to the bone marrow- your blood counts may be affected. Otherwise, yiur hemoglobin/wbc would vary- from normal, low or high depending on your other medical problems. ...Read more

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High WBC x 18 mos; high hemoglobin and hematocrit and RBC x 9 mos. Platelets normal. BMB neg, Jak2 neg. Cancer x 2, Mono x 3. Need help.?

High WBC x 18 mos; high hemoglobin and hematocrit and RBC x 9 mos. Platelets normal. BMB neg, Jak2 neg. Cancer x 2, Mono x 3. Need help.?

Blood tests: There are a few diseases that leap out from blood tests. Most of the time, however, blood tests don't tell the doctor much on their own. These results fall into the second group, not very specific. Would review with your internist with more history and physical details. Best of luck. ...Read more

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If hemoglobin is a little high and have chest pain could it be a sign of lung cancer chest X-ray clear red and white blood all good?

If hemoglobin is a little high and have chest pain could it be a sign of lung cancer chest X-ray clear red and white blood all good?

Unlikely: How high is the hemoglobin? Do you smoke? If you do, that could explain the elevated Hb. If you do smoke, quit it now. Elevated Hb is not a sign of lung cancer, ...Read more

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Can macrocytic anemia be due to colon cancer? Mcv 103 and hemoglobin 9.8 for old male. I know only microcytic anemia aan be due to colon cancer?

Can macrocytic anemia be due to colon cancer? Mcv 103 and hemoglobin 9.8 for old male. I know only microcytic anemia aan be due to colon cancer?

Yes it depends: You are right that anemia from blood loss like from colon cancer is typically microcytic with a low MCV but the MCV in your case is not high enough to suspect a typical macrocytic anemia like one due to B12 deficiency. Yet we can have a mixed picture. At the moment we are only guessing all this till you have the right investigating/testing done. So I would check your B12 level and bone marrow exam. ...Read more

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Wbc 3.0, RBC 4.58, hemoglobin 12.0, hematocrit 37.5. No viral infection. Doc sent me to hematologist. Could this be some type of cancer?? WORRIED!!!

Wbc 3.0, RBC 4.58, hemoglobin 12.0, hematocrit 37.5. No viral infection. Doc sent me to hematologist. Could this be some type of cancer?? WORRIED!!!

Low WBC count: The results you provided show WBC count lower than normal, however, that by itself does not indicate cancer. Your doctor may have sent you to a hematologist out of caution so that you do not get infections due to low WBC.
See this site for more info:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/tests-procedures/complete-blood-count/basics/results/PRC-20014088 ...Read more

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What does a low hemoglobin mean?

What does a low hemoglobin mean?

Leeding: Low hemog. Lobin is most often associated with GI tract bleeding disorders such as myelofibrosis where the marrow is fibrosed and not proucing rbcs can also ause this problem. One checks stool for blood followed by olonoscopy, if in the uppere GI tract and not seen on gastroscoopy, a tv capsule swolled and follwed on tv can frequently define a lesion in the small intestine that is bleeding. ...Read more

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What does a high rdw, low mchc, and mch-poc, and low hemoglobin mean?

What does a high rdw, low mchc, and mch-poc, and low hemoglobin mean?

Anemia: In general terms, it signifies anemia but the high RDW means that your body (bone marrow) is making red blood cells to keep up with the demand. Good health. ...Read more

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Low hemoglobin high platelet, what does it mean?

Low hemoglobin high platelet, what does it mean?

Iron deficiency Anem: You have anemia, most probabely iron deficiency due to excessive blood loss during menstruation and elevated platlets we don't have the number is coincidental finding and do not need any therapy
check with your doctor you MCV and MCH values must be low as well
consult your doctor you may need iron therapy. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have low hemoglobin and high platelet?

What does it mean when you have low hemoglobin and high platelet?

Iron deficiency Anem: Low hemoglobin may be from excessive blood loss guring menstruation or some other cause and high platlet may be mildly elevated and there is no problem with that
consult your doctor or a hematologist, you may need iron therapy. ...Read more

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I'm in canada. What does it mean when doctor says I have low hemoglobin count of 98?

I'm in canada. What does it mean when doctor says I have low hemoglobin count of 98?

LOW BLOOD COUNT: Hemoglobin refers to the molecule w/in a red blood cell that carries the oxygen. When you have low hemoglobin, you have anemia. Anemia sometimes indicates ongoing bleeding; often hidden from the naked eye, and it can produce increased fatigue, decreased stamina, chest pain & shortness of breath. I assume your hemoglobin is 9.8 in which case you should certainly follow up with your Dr. ...Read more

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What does a low hemoglobin level mean? I was told that my 3 year old sons hemoglobin is low because he drinks to much milk. Is this true or is something else wrong. And if so what would it possible be?

What does a low hemoglobin level mean? I was told that my 3 year old sons hemoglobin is low because he drinks to much milk. Is this true or is something else wrong. And if so what would it possible be?

Blood loss vs iron: Kids who consume more than 24-30 oz of milk/day can experience tiny amounts of blood loss thru the intestine due to irritation caused by the cow milk protein on the gut wall. Smaller amounts or boiled milk, don't seem to cause this problem. Blood loss, paired with the kids avoidance of other iron containing foods leads to low hemoglobin production & anemia.Other causes are also possible. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your white blood cell and you have a low hemoglobin?

What does it mean when your white blood cell and you have a low hemoglobin?

Not clear: Your question did not say whether your white blood cell count was high, low, or normal. A low hemoglobin means you have fewer red blood cells than normal - anemia. There are many different causes for anemia. Discuss your test results with your doctor - you probably will need to discuss how you feel, get a physical examination, and probably have more lab test to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What does low hemoglobin, low hematocrit, low much and high rdw mean? My labs have been like this for over a year

What does low hemoglobin, low hematocrit, low much and high rdw mean? My labs have been like this for over a year

Anemia: Depending on other lab values you may have a B12 or folate (folic acid) deficiency as well, would need more info on your case. You are welcome to make a HealthTap Prime or Concierge appointment with me and we can review all the labs and your current medical history. Then I can give you a much better idea of what you are dealing with. ...Read more

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Does a low hemoglobin and hematocrit means you have a large spleen my my hbg was Range 11.3 11.5-15.0and my hematocrit was 34.6 Range36.0-50.0?

Many causes for it: Low Hemoglobin (Hb) commonly known as Anemia can be caused by many different reasons....enlarged spleen is present in some such conditions but it is uncommon, as most anemia is from blood loss or from deficiency of iron. You need a good doctor to investigate the cause and inform you about it so that you do not have to keep running to different doctors. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have low red blood count, low hemoglobin, low hemocrit and high platelet count?

What does it mean when you have low red blood count, low hemoglobin, low hemocrit and high platelet count?

Anemia: A low red blood cell count is called anemia. Anemia can be further classified as microcytic when due to iron deficiency, or macrocytic when due to B12 deficiency. Sometimes we have a low blood cell count from bleeding or several other disorders. Elevated platelets are called thrombocytosis. Platelets are an acute phase reactant and elevate for several primary and secondary reasons. ...Read more

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Help!! What does it mean when you have low hemoglobin, low hemocrait, low mcv, low mch, low mchc high rdw, high iron binding capacity, low ferritin?

Help!! What does it mean when you have low hemoglobin, low hemocrait, low mcv, low mch, low mchc high rdw, high iron binding capacity, low ferritin?

Iron deficiency: You and your physician need to find the cause. It may be anything from heavy periods to non-supplementing vegetarianism to a bleeding gut ulcer or tumor to hookworm to a host of others. Good luck finding the real cause. You wil feel better when you are treated. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a high rdw, normal RBC, low hemoglobin, low hematocrit, low mcv, &mch and low mchc?

What does it mean when you have a high rdw, normal RBC, low hemoglobin, low hematocrit, low mcv, &mch and low mchc?

Iron deficiency: This combination suggests iron deficiency anemia. Your evaluation will look into this option as well as some other causes of these small red cells with anemia. ...Read more

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My my red blood cells level is 19.7, hematocrit low, hemoglobin low, MCV low, mchc low what do this mean for my heath?

My my red blood cells level is 19.7, hematocrit low, hemoglobin low, MCV low, mchc low what do this mean for my heath?

Anemia needs exam: Hi Patricia. I need to know your real numbers. I suspect RBC is 1.97 Vs abt 5.0 for healthy. Then if Hgb, MCV, MCHC all low, you have anemia and needs treatment which Depends on cause. It can be either low production from your organ or increased turnover or blood loss. See you doc to do more tests and ask to have blood smear evaluated by hematologists pathologist. May need other specialists too. ...Read more

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One year old with low hmc low hemoglobin low lymphocytes low RBC and high WBC high fritine, what does it mean?

Need more info: Actual values are needed for proper evaluation. Lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test would be in the best position to advise you. ...Read more

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Low hemoglobin 9.7, hematocrit 30.7, mch24.9, platelets 419, uibc 390, iron, serum 17 iron saturation 4% what does this mean?

Low hemoglobin 9.7, hematocrit 30.7, mch24.9, platelets 419, uibc 390, iron, serum 17 iron saturation 4% what does this mean?

Iron deficiency: One with the above numbers has iron deficiency anemia. C doc, who'll ask questions in order to narrow down causes, then probably refer you for endoscopy, colonoscopy, +/-ct abd/pelvis, or +/- gyn, or +/- heme/onc depending on symptoms/ clinical findings, and most suspected cause for blood loss. This does not require emergency room visit, unless one is having acute blood loss (ex. Lo bp, black stool). ...Read more

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What does low hemoglobin, high red blood cells, low mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration, low mean cell vol. & high red cell distrib. Width mean?

What does low hemoglobin, high red blood cells, low mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration, low mean cell vol. & high red cell distrib. Width mean?

Need numbers: 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, it might have helped had you provided the actual results rather your interpretation of high and low.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have low hemoglobin, hematocrit, mch, mchc, and high platelet count, and sedimentation rate?

Hard to say.: This combination of labs doesn't make any diagnosis. The relative height of your esr, plates and HGB would be helpful. It may be that you have an anemia and that is driving up your platelet count and your ESR is outside your labs "normal, " but not really abnormal. ...Read more

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Low hemoglobin, hemocrit, mch, mcv. High platelet count. Also elevated ast/alt. Rdw, lympocytes high. What could all of this mean? Lukiemia has been mentioned, but I think bone marrow something? All STI, Hep, and herpes came back negative.

Low hemoglobin, hemocrit, mch, mcv. High platelet count. Also elevated ast/alt. Rdw, lympocytes high. What could all of this mean? Lukiemia has been mentioned, but I think bone marrow something? All STI, Hep, and herpes came back negative.

Need to examine: Do you have any symptoms? Why were all these tests done? It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you.
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. Talk to the doctor who ordered the tests.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Reduce weight, less heamoglobin, weakness, pain in lower back. What does that mean in prostrate cancer patient?

Reduce weight, less heamoglobin, weakness, pain in lower back. What does that mean in prostrate cancer patient?

Bone disease?: This may indicate disease is spreading to the bones, but could also be just a backache. This really needs to be answered by your urologist or cancer doc who has a better understanding of your diease. ...Read more

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I get routine blood work due to autoimmune disease my MCV MCH and mchc tend to always be borderline of low, I worry about blood cancers for unknown reason, should I be concerned? Hemaglobin always 11

I get routine blood work due to autoimmune disease my MCV MCH and mchc tend to always be borderline of low, I worry about blood cancers for unknown reason, should I be concerned? Hemaglobin always 11

Stop worrying: You just have smallish red cells. So do i. Always have. I don't know why and don't care. You're not at any increased risk for leukemia. Glad you're staying proactive -- best wishes. ...Read more