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Went to diet dr. Blood work 13 WBC with normal percentages. Absolute neutrophils 9. Absolute lymph 3.6 are these numbers signs of cancer? Pcp said no

Went to diet dr. Blood work 13 WBC with normal percentages.  Absolute neutrophils 9. Absolute lymph 3.6 are these numbers signs of cancer? Pcp said no

Agree with PCO: 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, your blood count does not suggest cancer at all. If you have fever, recheck with your PCP, not diet dr. ...Read more

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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 I have signs of cancer? A few years ago in 2007 my doctor had blood work done because i had joint pain results came back that i was ANA positive, she sent me to a reumatologist and i was diagnosed with fibromyalgia the pain was very debilitating. For a

Do I have signs of cancer? A few years ago in 2007 my doctor had blood work done because i had joint pain results came back that i was ANA positive, she sent me to a reumatologist and i was diagnosed with fibromyalgia the pain was very debilitating. For a

About : About 10 to 15 % of the population might have a positive ANA , and medications such as antihypertensives , anticonvulsivants and many other might be responsible fror a positive ana. You dont seem to have symptoms that suggest the presence of an autoinmune or an antiinflammatory rheumatic disease, so with out symptoms the presence of a positive ANA is not to helpfull. Usually , three cold a year might be the average , and you describe 10, you should have that studied, recurrent sinusitis and other upper respitratory conditions should be rulled out . The itchy spot should be evaluated by a dermatologist , so a diagnosis and the propper treatment is given. ...Read more

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Do blood tests show signs of cancer?

Do blood tests show signs of cancer?

Depends on type: There are some types of cancer that have specific blood tests that are very good at detecting them. But basic lab tests done for general purposes are often normal in people with cancer. ...Read more

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How can a CBC blood test show signs of cancer?

Cbc: Yes, there are some abnormal features that you can see in CBC ( and peripheral blood smears) that would increase your suspicion towards certain blood cancer-for instance- circulating blast cells ( immature white blood cells) in acute leukemia, and other features that you can see in chronic leukemia- i.e. Cml, cll. You can not see any sign of solid cancer from cbc, however, . ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to get blood screening results back to check for any signs of cancer?

Please tell me how long it takes for to get blood screening results back to check for any signs of cancer?

Depends on the test: Except for leukemias, blood tests are usually not diagnostic of cancers. Results of blood tests for leukemia may take anywhere from one day to a couple of weeks depending on the investigations needed. ...Read more

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How confident should one typically be in blood tests ordered by a hematologist with oncology specialty showing no signs of cancer?

How confident should one typically be in blood tests ordered by a hematologist with oncology specialty  showing no signs of cancer?

Very.....: Despite the preachings of the american cancer society, and their slogan...."the cure is just around the corner, " not a lot of advances have been made in cancer treatment in the past 30 years. Sure, certain limited types of cancer have better survival rates, but most do not. Oncologists are still infusing the same "rocket fuel" they did 30 yrs. Ago, with poor results. Take your above dx. Tothe bank. ...Read more

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What specific blood work might show abnormalities that may indicate early signs of lymphoma leukemia cancer? Not for diagnosis but 4 early indications

What specific blood work might show abnormalities that may indicate early signs of lymphoma leukemia cancer? Not for diagnosis but 4 early indications

Hematologic cancers: Leukemia and lymphoma are classified as hematologic malignancies. See this site for leukemia: http://labtestsonline.org/understanding/conditions/leukemia/start/3 and see this site for lymphoma: http://labtestsonline.org/understanding/conditions/lymphoma/start/4 That should give you some basics on the blood tests. If you're concerned, talk to your doctor about which tests might be appropriate. ...Read more

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Can u have cancer with normal blood work?

Can u have cancer with normal blood work?

Yes.: Unfortunately there is no blood test generally available at this time to screen for early cancer. Routine lab studies will usually be normal. Your best option is to try to avoid cancer: No tobacco, stay on the slim side, lots of exercise, eat only organic produce and sharply reduce consumption of meat,chicken,dairy. For more information on diet: go to NutritionFacts.org ...Read more

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Is it possible for blood work look normal but you still can have cancer?

Yes: The routine blood tests screen for common blood related cancers such as leukemia. They do not screen for the solid body organ cancers such as lung, breast, prostate, gastrointestinal, brain. There are however certain markers in the blood that may suggest but do not prove there is cancer there. Overall the routine blood tests are not specific enough for the solid body organ cancers. ...Read more