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What could cause low MCV and high RDW but normal MCH, hemoglobin, and hematocrit for over a year?

What could cause low MCV and high RDW but normal MCH, hemoglobin, and hematocrit for over a year?

How low?: Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside on either end. If your peripheral smear is unremarkable and the MCV above 70, I'd forget the whole thing. My RDW is always high from donating blood. There are some variants of thalassemia minor that will produce this and puzzle people over a lifetime, though MCH is usually lowish. ...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 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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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Can haemoglobin increase in 10 months if you have cancer anywhere in your colorectsl region?

If bleeding stops: Need more information. Colo-rectal cancer leads to anemia through blood loss. If treated, blood loss resolves hemoglobin will return to normal ...Read more

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What are the symtoms of blood cancer? And continuous reduction in heamoglobin can be a symtom of blood cancer?

What are the symtoms of blood cancer? And continuous reduction in heamoglobin can be a symtom of blood cancer?

Many...: Unexplained fevers, new onset bruising, enlarged lymph nodes, and pallor and fatigue due to anemia (reduction in hemoglobin) can be caused by a blood cancer (leukemia). Isolated anemia, as previously mentioned, can have many other causes not related to cancer. See your doctor or go to a hematologist. ...Read more

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My brother who is suffering from ge junction cancer is undergoing homeopathic treatment but his haemoglobin counts has decreased. Please advise.

My brother who is suffering from ge junction cancer is undergoing homeopathic treatment but his haemoglobin counts has decreased. Please advise.

Discuss with his doc: Decreasing hemoglobin suggests he's losing blood. Any treatment may take time to work but if he's losing much blood he may need treatment for anemia. As wonderful as homeopathy can be, it may work even better combined with other treatments. You might discuss your concerns with your brother's dr. ; get his or her opinion. While homeopathy can get good results there are many ways to do homeopathy. ...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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My mom has been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer, her haemoglobin was 69, they won't be giving her any treatments she's too frail. How much time left.

My mom has been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer, her haemoglobin was 69, they won't be giving her any treatments she's too frail. How much time left.

Need more info: You probably mean 6.9 g/dl? There are several types of bone marrow cancer such as leukemia, myeloma etc. Treatment depend on the diagnosis, her age, her general status etc. It is hard for me to predict her life span without knowing the diagnosis. ...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

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Had red blood, black stool 3 weeks ago for 3 days. Had hemiglobin and occult test 2 days ago and all normal. This does mean I have no colon cancer?

Had red blood, black stool 3 weeks ago for 3 days. Had hemiglobin and occult test 2 days ago and all normal. This does mean I have no colon cancer?

GI consult, EGD: Limited data available as reported. Colon cancer is rare at such an young age. Bright red blood usually from lower GI tract, or hemorrhoids, fissure etc. However black stoll is concerning for upper GI bleed. Need a GI/Gastroenterology evaluation, EGD/upper endoscopy, H Pylori testing, Upper GI series etc. Contact PCP for GI referral. Go to a health tap doctor for a formal consult with more details ...Read more

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How reduce high hemoglobin in blood?

How reduce high hemoglobin in blood?

One way, but why?: First, I must ask why? There are only very few instances where it is medically necessary to REDUCE hemoglobin. Please confer with your physician for a full understanding and if you fit in to one of these categories.

With that in mind, our bodies really only have one way to reduce hemoglobin and that's bleeding. ...Read more

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What can cause a high hemoglobin A1c test?

What can cause a high hemoglobin A1c test?

Poor sugar control: Hemoglobin A1c measures average blood sugar over approximately the past 3 months. It is the measure of how much hemoglobin is attached to sugar molecules in the blood. Sugar in your blood binds to the hemoglobin of the red blood cell and stays there throughout the cell's lifetime (120 days). At high levels of blood sugar, more reacts w/ the hemoglobin, causing an elevated hemoglobin a1c. ...Read more

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What do high hemoglobin, mch, MCV values mean?

What do high hemoglobin, mch, MCV values mean?

Polycythemia.: High HGB levels for 3 kinds of reasons. First, a blood disease where too much blood is made. Second, the blood is being made due to an increase in epo, the hormone that controls production. Can be from lack of oxygen (lung disease, living at high altitude, abnormal hemoglobin, carbon monoxide/smoking poisoning hemoglobin, heart disease, or rarely tumors. Dehydration can do this too. ...Read more

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What does high hemoglobin, mch, MCV values mean?

What does high hemoglobin, mch, MCV values mean?

Need more info: It may be a combination of circumstances, and it would be helpful to know the actual values. Given the information your provided, it may be a combination of macrocytic change and dehydration. Alcohol use could be one explanation. 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. ...Read more

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What could high hemoglobin, mch, and MCV values mean?

What could high hemoglobin, mch, and MCV values mean?

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, it would have been helpful to know the actual values. Generally high Hemoglobin and high MCV do not go together. If you provide the actual results it may be feasible to provide and opinion. ...Read more