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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

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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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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Is it true that a low white blood cell count be a sign of cancer?

Is it true that a low white blood cell count be a sign of cancer?

Possibly: While other diseases can cause low white blood cell counts, the possibility of cancer in the bone marrow is always raised when this is seen. Cancer cells can replace the normal cells of the bone marrow. The normal cells produce mature circulating blood cells (white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets). If they are compromised, so are their products. ...Read more

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Could periodontitis cause high white blood cell count, elevated platelet count, and low neutrophils. Any causes besides cancer can cause this.

Could periodontitis cause high white blood cell count, elevated platelet count, and low neutrophils. Any causes besides cancer can cause this.

2 separate problems: Periodontitis and gingivitis frequently are seen in patients with neutropenia. 1. See your PCP first for consultation, tests and treatment. 2. See your dentist for periodontal evaluation and treatment, according to PCP recommendations. ...Read more

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I wondering, but why is a high white blood cell count consistent with cancer?

Says who?: Tasking a cold shower can give you a high white count. If you feel well, the cells are all normal, and the elevation is mild, no further work up is indicated. ...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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Does a high white blood cell count mean I have cancer?

Does a high white blood cell count mean I have cancer?

Not necessarily: Many conditions such as infection, inflammatory process, infarction can increase white blood cells count. This is a normal body response. However, if white blood cell counts persistently elevated in the absence of infection/inflammation &/or if it is associated with abnormality on the other blood counts-red blood and platelets -further evaluations including bone marrow biopsy is likely needed. ...Read more

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White blood cell count was 17.1. Should I worry about cancer?

Need further eval: An elevated wbc, leukocytosis, is frequently a sign of inflammatory response most likely with a response to infection. Further information is required to help categorize it. Go over your results with your primary care. If needed a hematology consult may assist further. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have an elevated white blood cell count and HPV does this mean I have cancer?

I have an elevated white blood cell count and HPV does this mean I have cancer?

Unlikely: An increased white count can occur for many reasons (eg, with infection, inflammation, stress response, etc). But just because your WBC is up and you happen to have HPV does not mean the two are related. For your HPV make sure that you are up to date with your gyn exams as this is the best way to prevent HPV related cancer of the cervix. ...Read more

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If someone had any type of cancer would the red and white blood cell count be off in a blood test?

Not always: Blood counts can be off only if the cancer is of the blood cells (leukemia). Otherwise most cancers do not effect the blood directly. Chemotherapy does alter the blood counts but only temporarily. ...Read more

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What do you think, could most cancers result in a higher than normal white blood cell count in a blood test?

What do you think, could most cancers result in a higher than normal white blood cell count in a blood test?

Most will not: Most cancers will not result in an elevated white blood cell count. A type of leukemia called cll is one exception-- these counts can be extremely high. ...Read more

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Is it normal for your white blood cell count to fluxuate if you have multiple myloma (cancer of the bone marrow)?

Multiple Myeloma: Hi, White blood cell is low in Multiple Myeloma, now the count even in a normal person can vary from time to time but now the question is how wide of Fluctuation we are talking about and also are you on chemo medication?
If you are on chemotherapy then that could drops your white blood cell count significantly, you need to work with your Oncologist closely to monitor your count.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How are white blood cell count and cancer connected?

How are white blood cell count and cancer connected?

NONE: There are many types of cancers and they have no correlation with white blood cells, unless you're referring to blood cancer known as leukemia, then the white blood cells mightbe either too low or too high, or you might see immature cells that typically are not seen. ...Read more

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Can viral infections be diagnosed by a high white blood cell count assuming blood cancers are not a factor?

Can viral infections be diagnosed by a high white blood cell count assuming blood cancers are not a factor?

Yes: Viral infections can cause relatively high white cells, mostly lymphocytes. Look at the whole blood counts, white, red cells, size and shape. And platelets. Any nodes, fever, sweats, weight change, bleeding, sore throat....? Do not put your self in a corner. Think outside the box. Discuss with your md. ...Read more

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My husbands had two blood tests within a few weeks. His white blood cell count was around 900 and lymphocytes around 200. What could cancer, HIV or?

My husbands had two blood tests within a few weeks. His white blood cell count was around 900 and lymphocytes around 200. What could cancer, HIV or?

Serious: Don't try to second-guess what is happening. This could be many different things, but all are worrisome and beed to be addressed by a competent physician. I am glad he has a wife who can help at this difficult time. ...Read more

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How to increase WBC count in colon cancer patients?

How to increase WBC count in colon cancer patients?

Neulasta (pegfilgrastim): Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) is sometimes used to increased low WBC due to chemotherapy. Oncologist will determine if it's needed. ...Read more

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Can your WBC count be within normal range 5.7 and still be colon cancer?

Can your WBC count be within normal range 5.7 and still be colon cancer?

Yes: The white blood cell (WBC) count is unrelated to colon cancer risk or presence. Colon cancer can be screened for by a variety of tests including stool blood (fob), stool dna, colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and virtual colonoscopy. See your md for screening recommendations individualized to you. If you have symptoms that is not screening, but diagnostic. ...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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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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Is a high white cell count indicative of colon cancer?

Is a high white cell count indicative of colon cancer?

No: An elevated blood white cell count can be an indication of active inflammation somewhere in your body, like infection. There are many other reasons for elevated wbc, but it is not indicative of colon cancer. ...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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My blood work shows high mpv and low ferritin what could This be? Can low ferritin be colon cancer? And high MPV I read can mean risk of stroke

My blood work shows high mpv and low ferritin what could This be? Can low ferritin be colon cancer? And high MPV I read can mean risk of stroke

Iron deficiency: Not to worry. At your age, unless it runs in the family, there is extremely low chance this is colon cancer. Likely what your tests say is that you just have a little iron deficiency. This is very common to see in young healthy females as a result of menstrual periods and not enough dietary iron intake. The elevated MPV is likely due to secondary effects of the iron deficiency. Keep your follow up ...Read more

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Could low white blood count be related to colon cancer?

Could low white blood count be related to colon cancer?

Unclear question!: Low white count has little to do with colon cancer but if the patient with colon cancer is being treated with chemotherapy, then this is not unusual as chemotherapy often lowers white cell counts. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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. Eric Weisman
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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