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Rare Blood Cancer Types
Fluctuating low platelet count appeared in what type of blood cancer ? It can get as low as 29000 then going back to normal range then drop again.
I've been having temps of 98.8-99.1 past few mths. Would blood cancer cause this. Or would it have to be 100.4 or higher?
Too numerous to list: "blood cancer" is a so-so term for leukemia. Anything from a vague feeling of tiredness building over months from a mild anemia, to a catastrophic illness with fatal hemorrhage from many places or catastrophic stroke, or nothing at all. If you have any concerns about having leukemia or any other serious illness, get with your physician -- we can almost always spot serious disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Blood cancer is the common/lay term for leukemia. There are many different types of leukemias and the types vary between children and adults. Leukemias in children are more curable. Leukemias usually affect white blood cells but can affect red cells and platelets also. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/cancer/tc/leukemia-topic-overview. ...Read more
Variable: You are describing the leukemia family, a diverse group. Anemia is usually present and announces itself as diminished exercise tolerance. If platelets are low, there may be petechiae on the skin, or if very low, bleeding from the gut or into the brain. Low white cells may result in odd infections, or pressure in the marrow may make the bones hurt. A CBC is the first step in diagnosis. ...Read more
Fatigue, bleeding: Blood cancer is also called leukemia. It is caused when white blood cells grow without stopping. This fills up the bone marrow and prevents platelets and red blood cells from growing, leading to anemia, fatigue, and bleeding. Other symptoms include bruising, drenching night sweats, weight loss, swollen gums, fevers, and cough/shortness of breath. ...Read more
Probably nothing: Most people with leukemia are likely to be anemic and not pass the screening. In the unlikely event that they are unaware of their illness (for example, mild early cll), the donor's body is almost certain to reject the foreign cells as from an unmatched transplant. I've never heard of leukemia transmitted by transfusion. And we screen for htlv-i. ...Read more
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