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Does Ovarian 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
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
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
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
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
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
Can you have cancer (not of the blood or bone marrow) that would not show up in bloodwork? dies leukemia always show up in abnormal bloodwork?
No: Kidney infections are diagnosed from a urine analysis and symptoms. The urine culture should be positive for bactia. The blood work is sometimes helpful suggesting that an infection is present. The urine usually has white blood cells present and the dipstick is positive for nitrites. Patient complaints are flank pain, fever, nausea, vomiting, burning with urinatin. ...Read more
Maybe: Hashimoto's disease is classically manifested with positive anti thyroid antibodies, usually anti thyroid peroxidase and to a lesser extent, anti thyroglobulin. On the other hand, hypothyroidism is defined by high TSH and/or low t4. If they one thing in common, that will be high or high normal tsh. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yup: Some skin cancers won't show up in the bloodwork; unless they have advanced so far as to spread to other body systems(metastasize) lymphoma would normally present with a very high sed rate(esr) and possibly some abnormalities in a complete blood count(cbc). If you are concerned about this then please see your primary care doc for an evaluation. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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