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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. 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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Does colon cancer always cause anemia? My GI doc thinks i'm cancer free because the blood count is good.

Does colon cancer always cause anemia? My GI doc thinks i'm cancer free because the blood count is good.

Not necessarily: Colon cancer is one of many causes of anemia. Likewise, some cancers never bleed, and do not cause it. Your gastroenterologist can determine if you need further work up or colonoscopy. ...Read more

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Would abd ultrasound and full blood count show something is wrong possibly colon cancer? No blood visible only loose stool. Diagnosed with ibs.

Would abd ultrasound and full blood count show something is wrong possibly colon cancer? No blood visible only loose stool. Diagnosed with ibs.

Loose stool: At your age colon cancer would be very rare. Abd US and full blood count are not the best tests to screen for colon cancer. A colonoscopy would be the better test. If your tests thus far are normal but still have symptoms, I would see your doctor for further testing. Colonoscopy would be the best test as I stated before if all other tests were normal. ...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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What stage colon cancer has symptoms of blood in the ostomy pouch?

What stage colon cancer has symptoms of blood in the ostomy pouch?

None: Blood in an ostomy punch can be many things. Is it a colostomy or ileostomy? Why was the surgery done, history cancer or diverticulitis or colitis? How long ago was the ostomy surgery? Bleeding does indicate need for a doctor evaluation. Can be ostomy appliance irritation, colitis, etc. There is no cancer staging associated with intestinal bleeding. ...Read more

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Are occult blood tests for colon cancer reliable?

Are occult blood tests for colon cancer reliable?

Screening: It is a good start specially of yo had before and they were normal. ...Read more

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Are occult blood tests for colon cancer effective?

Are occult blood tests for colon cancer effective?

Guaiacs-: Are actually tests of thin films of stool to discern if there is hidden blood beneath visiblity, so-called "occult blood". It is a great screen, that if positive leads to a closer, less comfortable, more expensive test: colonoscopy. After 50, you get one per decade without occult blood in stool! ...Read more

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What are the blood tests after being diagnosed with stage 1 colon cancer?

What are the blood tests after being diagnosed with stage 1 colon cancer?

Establishes baseline: You will almost certainly have normal liver functions, blood counts, and cea at present, but these will be monitored into the future. Any change can be an early sign of cancer recurrence, so continue to get checkups! I have had many patients who neglected their cancer follow up and died as a result. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Colon Cancer (Definition)

Final few yards of your intestine, between the terminal ileum (small bowell) and rectum. It squeezes water and solidifies waste to stool. It is subject to outpouching (divertics) polyps, and these can become cancers. The cells are abnormal, invade into the muscle and travel ...Read more


Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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