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Is It Possible To Have Cancer With Normal Blood Tests
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
Yes, blood tests not: Bblood tests are done to look for some clues about the effects of cancer on the body. Since the word cancer means many different diseases that can affect any organ of the body, we have to focus the tests on the affected organ. Only if the Cancer involved the blood cells do the blood tests show Cancerous changes. Such cancers are called Leukemias(lymphoma.), Rest of cancers are called Solid tumors ...Read more
My symptoms all point to leukaemia cancer, but my blood tests are normal. What could be wrong with me then?
Get medical check: There are No definite symptoms from leukemia. They can overlap with other ailments. So the only way to answer your question is to get a medical check up and do a blood test(CBC). The medical check up will indicate which system is causing your symptoms and help in making a correct diagnosis which will help to offer you proper treatment. ...Read more
I know blood tests cant definitively say whether someone has cancer, but can they tell you that you dont have cancer by having a normal cell count?
Not enough: Blood test cannot either rule out or confirm cancer. Particularly the ones we get in the ED or for a healthy check up. Some tests could correlate with the presence of a cancer. They are called tumor markers. They should be checked only after the diagnosis has been established by a biopsy, then you can follow them as surrogate for response to treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
blood tests cant tell if u have cancer but Can cancer be ruled out from blood test? if your cell counts are normal does that mean you're cancer free?
Lymph nodes swell and go down for last 3 months all blood tests normal, should I be worried about cancer? No cancer runs in my family.
Steroids used?: Enlarged lymph nodes caused by cancer do not spontaneously shrink, so my likelihood of suspicion for cancer is very, very low based on the limited information provided. That being said, were you treated with any steroids during this time (prednisone, dexamethasone, etc.)? Steroids can partially treat leukemia/lymphoma for a short time, and then the cancer comes back and is more difficult to treat. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
.What do white and red blood cell blood tests look for? Mine came back normal, i was just wondering what abnormal tests could mean. Cancer etc. ...
Anemia etc: A CBC measures numbers of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. If you have low red blood cells, you have anemia. This can indicate chronic bleeding, nutritional deficits, hormone or bone marrow problems. White blood cells are abnormally high with certain infections and leukemia. It's good your test came back normal. Your dizziness isn't from anemia! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How do you screen for cancer? How would I know if I had cancer or not? I had blood tests done including a CBC and they were normal.
Cancer screening: There are well defined Screening tests for Cancer. Your PCP/Family doctor will be familair with them. The tests are done according to Age and or if you experience poor appetite, fever or weight loss. Persistent pain can be a symptoms although most cancers are painless to begin with, but can be detected by physical examination or imaging studies using X-rays/CT scans or Ultrasound. ...Read more
Can blood tests indicate the presence of cancer? I am quite worried that I have cancer, however I have had numerous blood tests (full cbc with diff, tumor marker, thyroid, etc) all coming back normal
Not really: Blood tests may be able to suggest or provide evidence against the presence of cancer, but generally cancers are found by pursuing testing or imaging based upon the history and physical exam. At your age the only screening tests for cancers you need should be breast, colon and if a long term smoker- lung CA. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If a person has cancer (of any kind),like stomach,or esophagus, will their blood tests at a checkup be great & normal? OR show indication of sickness?
Blood test may be: normal. Blood tests usually do not detect cancers. Secondary effects of cancer may show in a blood test, such as anemia. A normal regular blood tests does not rule out cancer and an abnormal test does not mean cancer. Each cancer has its own diagnostic tests, and most require a biopsy reading by a pathologist. ...Read more
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