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Doctor insights on: Low White Blood Cell Count In Cancer Patients

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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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Can cancer always cause high white blood cell counts?

Can cancer always cause high white blood cell counts?

No: The vast majority of cancers donor affect the CBC. Anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong. Thanks for asking. ...Read more

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Low white blood cell count, implications?

Low white blood cell count, implications?

Many: Depends on how low the count is and what other symptoms and signs are associated with it and what caused the low count. A common risk is propensity to infections. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/low-white-blood-cell-count/my00162. ...Read more

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How are low white blood cell count and sickle cell connected?

How are low white blood cell count and sickle cell connected?

None: Actually, patients with sickle cell disease often have white blood cell counts that are higher than normal. This is a characteristic of the disease and not necessarily a sign of infection. ...Read more

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Low white blood cell count and blood in the urine?

Low white blood cell count and blood in the urine?

Lab data: Without a full medical history and physical exam cannot possibly theorize about what this may be. It certainly indicates a need for further investigation and should not be ignored. 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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Is a high white blood cell count hereditary?

No: A person's white blood cell count depends on how the bone marrow functions. This is not affected by genetics. ...Read more

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Does having a high white blood cell count indicate leukemia?

Does having a high white blood cell count indicate leukemia?

Not necessarily: There are many possible causes of a high white blood cell count including infection, allergic reactions, medication effects, other types of "inflammation", and also leukemias. ...Read more

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Low red blood cells count mean cancer?

Low red blood cells count mean cancer?

No: Low red cells count is because of anemia and need evaluation and blood test to find the cause so be treated. ...Read more

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A high white blood cell count in my prostate means what?

Inflamation: Pyospermia, or WBC in the semen, or WBC in expressed prostatic secretion, indicates inflamation in the prostate. This may be caused by a bacterial infection, but not necessarily. ...Read more

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Low white blood cell count cause?

Low white blood cell count cause?

Leukopenia: Recent infection such as flu, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, aplastic anemia, hiv, lupus, hodgkin's lymphoma, cancer, typhoid, malaria, tb, sepsis, folate deficiency, copper & zinc deficiency, medications such as wellbutrin, (bupropion) depakote, lamictal, clozapine, minocycline, flagyl, interferone, arsenic toxicity. ...Read more

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Is high white blood cell count symptoms of kidney infection?

Is high white blood cell count symptoms of kidney infection?

Often: The absolute neutrophil count often goes up when there's a bacterial kidney infection. These are not to be taken lightly -- before antibiotics, they were major killers especially of young women. ...Read more

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What can cause low white blood cell count in pregnancy?

What can cause low white blood cell count in pregnancy?

Several causes.: Drugs (steroids, chemotherapy, immunosuppressants, rare aplastic anemia from toxicity of many drugs), viruses (ebv, hiv, cmv), sepsis (urinary or other), toxic exposures, endocrinopathies, vitamin deficiency (b12 in particular), hematologic disorders, cancer/leukemia/lymphoma are some of the causes that leap to mind. Seek maternal-fetal medicine and hematology care and best of luck! ...Read more

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Low MCV high red blood cells with abnormal morphology with low neutrophils and high lymphocytes counts?

Low MCV high red blood cells with abnormal morphology with low neutrophils and high lymphocytes counts?

Means nothing alone: In isolation from the patient story, lab tests mean nothing. This is especially true since we have no actual numbers. The low MCV and high rbc would make any physician think of a thalassemia, but it would be criminal to speculate further without knowing more about the person. If this is a you or a family member, you have a right and a duty to request your doctor's thoughts, or get consultation. ...Read more

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Is a low white blood cell count dangerous?

Is a low white blood cell count dangerous?

Depends: The primary purpose of white blood cells (wbcs) is to fight infection. So, people with low white blood cell counts could be more susceptible to infections. However, it depends on why the wbcs are low. Some people simply have low WBC counts and live normal lives. Others could have an underlying problem causing the low counts. ...Read more

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What causes Low Immature Granulocyte, High Neutrophil. High Hematocrit, High White Blood Cell Count? Have bone pain but rf factor shows normal.

What causes Low Immature Granulocyte, High Neutrophil. High Hematocrit, High White Blood Cell Count?  Have bone pain but rf factor shows normal.

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 helped to have the actual results. Why were the tests done? What symptoms do you have? It would require taking history, physical examination and may be more tests to settle the issue. Please see your doc. ...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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Can steroid abuse cause high white blood cell count and protein in your urine ? My white blood cell count is 15

Can steroid abuse cause high white blood cell count and protein in your urine ? My white blood cell count is 15

Maybe but...: Our first concern is to rule out a serious infection (is your peripheral smear abnormal? Are the white cells primitive / angry-looking? Do you have symptoms?) and real kidney disease (how much protein, is it mostly albumin?) i hope you'll reconsider anabolic steroid use (if it's this kind of steroid); every guy i know who's tried this has regretted it. ...Read more

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High white blood cell and platelet counts for 2 years. What are the consequences?

High white blood cell and platelet counts for 2 years. What are the consequences?

Bone marrow exam: Persistent significant elevations of wbcs and platelets could be a sign of a myeloproliferative disorder such as chronic myeloid leukemia. If they are just marginally elevated it might be normal, but otherwise you may be wise to have a bone marrow biopsy, and probably cytogenetic exam. There are good management options before it becomes an acute leukemia. ...Read more

White Blood Cell (Definition)

Body blood cell that responds to inflamation or infection or ...Read more