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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

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Is blood work usually out of range when a cancer is diagnosed? If so, what is usually off?

Not always: It is not necessary that cancer may show in the form of blood tests that off normal value. Also sometimes the abnormal values of the blood tests could be related to the treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation. ...Read more

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Is there blood work that can determine if someone has any form of cancer.......An where can this be done?

Is there blood work that can determine if someone has any form of cancer.......An where can this be done?

It depends.: This depends on the type of tumor being checked for. Some, like ovarian cancer have tumor markers that can be checked, but they must be combined with other tests. Others have antigens, like psa or prostate specific antigen for prostate cancer, that can be measured, but they can be high in other conditions, like hyperplasia of the prostate, or can even be low in cancer. Others have no marker. ...Read more

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How does cancer show up in blood work?

Different ways: Tumor markers, or blood tests for certain cancers can be used for screening, or to evaluate treatment. They are not "diagnostic" of cancer, and some are more specific than others. Psa is specific for prostate cancer but elevated psa is not diagnostic for prostate ca. Cea is useful for evaluating several types of cancer once diagnosed, but isn't at all a screening test. ...Read more

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Is it actually true that cancer will always show up in blood work?

Certain: Very lethal cancers have absolutely normal "blood work". Not sure from where this idea springs, but it is a bogus notion that blood work is the answer to cancer diagnosis and follow up. Too simple, and simplistic, to be true, . ...Read more

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Are their any cancers that won't show up in routine blood work? What anout lymphoma?

Are their any cancers that won't show up in routine blood work? What anout lymphoma?

Many cancers: Many cancers in many organs won't show up in blood work. Kidney, bladder, bowel, skin bone etc can all be present with all blood tests being normal. Lyphoma is lesslikely, but blood test could be normal early on. ...Read more

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If u have any type of cancer does it show up in your blood work? If not how would they check for it?

If u have any type of cancer does it show up in your blood work? If not how would they check for it?

Not usually: Although there are blood enzyme levels which are used to follow or verify cancers, as a rule blood work usually doesn't offer much help in cancer diagnosis. That is, unless you have a blood disorder , such as anemia, or very high or low levels of some cell types. Discuss any symptoms you may be having with your doctor, and let them know if you have any new lumps or are having any bleeding. ...Read more

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If u had cancer starting would you know it right away? How do they check for cancer. Blood work show u have cancer?

Cancer screening: There is no magic blood test or scan to screen .There are guidelines for screen common cancers. Like mammogram starting age 40 or earlier if strong family history. Regular pap smears , colonoscopy starting age 50 or earlier if family history. Psa test in men at age 50. Most cancers diagnosed on screening or when someone has symptoms and then more test are orderd. ...Read more

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All my doctors tell me that if I had cancer something on my blood work would be off? But what I read says differently? Why is that

All my doctors tell me that if I had cancer something on my blood work would be off? But what I read says differently? Why is that

Easy does it: What's going on, bro? You're 22 years old. Without a testicular mass, an obviously very abnormal lymph node, a skin melanoma, or horrible bone pain, the chance of your having cancer is near zero. Your physicians are putting you off to reassure you. You've newly become a man in a frightening world, and probably your cancerphobia -- a common trick the mind plays -- is the result. We can help. ...Read more

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Will a full work up of blood work show if there is any kind of cancer cells or cancer?The blood work up that we r suppose to have every year?

Will a full work up of blood work show if there is any kind of cancer cells or cancer?The blood work up that we r suppose to have every year?

Yes and no. : There is no one test or group of tests that will find all cancers. The combination of blood tests, review of symptoms, physical exam, and age and risk appropriate testing such as mammograms and colonoscopy provides the best we can do to prevent or provide early detection of cancer. Know your body, seek help for a new lump, change in a mole, abnormal bleeding, etc. ...Read more

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