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Doctor insights on: Will A Cbc Determine If I Have Cancer

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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 CBC show signs of cancer?

Can CBC show signs of cancer?

No: Defining all the components of the blood system circulating in the host is incapable of defining malignant disease other than for the tumors of the WBC system. The solid tumor malignancies do shed markers into the serum but are not part of the CBC and at present are inaccurate. ...Read more

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Help please! could CBC miss cancer?

Help please! could CBC miss cancer?

Yes!: A CBC is not a test for cancer. It is a test to count the different cells that make up your blood. Blood cancers like leukemia can sometimes be diagnosed with a cbc. But if a doctor suspects a different type of cancer, he or she will usually order an imaging study, like a ct scan or an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Perfect cbc, ESR shows u don't have cancer?

Perfect cbc, ESR shows u don't have cancer?

No: A normal CBC and ESR do not tell you that you don't have cancer. Cancer can present in many ways. The blood tests that you mention are, in themselves, not reliable screening tests for cancer. If you have a concern that you might have cancer, it is important to see your healthcare provider to discuss it. ...Read more

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Will a CBC diff show cancer?

Will a CBC diff show cancer?

Usually not: Especially, most early easy-to-treat cancers do not affect the routine labs. ...Read more

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My CBC is within normal limits. Does that exclude the possibility of cancer?

My CBC is within normal limits. Does that exclude the possibility of cancer?

No.: The CBC or complete blood count is not a test for cancer. Certain cancers of the blood, like leukemias, can be detected by elevations in the number and type of white blood cells (wbc), but the CBC is not considered a screening test for any other cancers. ...Read more

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In the last 10 months i"ve had 4 CBC if i had lymphoma or cancer would it show up?

Not always,...: ..My friend. Depends a lot on the kind and the stage. You are very young and, with exceptions, cancer is not common at your age. Why are you so concerned? Talk to your doc about any abnormal symptom you may be experiencing. ...Read more

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If someone has cancer, would routine bloodwork cbc, detect something was wrong? I know won't come up as cancer,but would something be off?

If someone has cancer, would routine bloodwork cbc, detect something was wrong? I know won't come up as cancer,but would something be off?

Abnormal cbc: well the cbc could remain normal in a wide variety of cancers. However, should the cancer be advanced, or if you have infection, your WBC could be high or low. Anemia is as common manifestation of internal malignancy , and of blood loss from cancer. Platelet abnormalities either high or low, could also be seen in cancers. ...Read more

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Normal for body temperature to start at 98.5 in morning and rise to 99.7 by afternoon/evening? it has been this way for a month. Normal CBC, cancer?!

Normal for body temperature to start at 98.5 in morning and rise to 99.7 by afternoon/evening? it has been this way for a month. Normal CBC, cancer?!

Unlikely: Did you have unintended weight loss. If you did not, do not worry about cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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If someone had later stage cancers would a CBC blood test be normal?

If someone had later stage cancers would a CBC blood test be normal?

Possibly: Honestly, it would depend on the specific cancer and where and if it has spread to other sites. For instance, melanoma would likely have a normal count but leukemia would not. ...Read more

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I have normal cbc, esr, CRP levels, could i still have cancer?

This is an odd.....: Question. Of course, a theoretical answer is yes, but i would ask you why you are focussed on whether or not you have cancer? Likewise, why are you and your dr pursuing laboratory work up? What is the concern driving these evaluations? Perhaps you could share some more detail with us so that we can be maximally helpful. ...Read more

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How can a CBC blood test show signs of cancer?

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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Complete Blood Count (Definition)

Share on twitter bookmark & share printer-friendly version a complete blood count (CBC) test measures the following: •the number of red blood cells (rbc count) •the number of white blood cells (wbc count) •the total amount of hemoglobin in the blood •the fraction of the blood composed of ...Read more


Cbc (Definition)

CBC stands for complete blood count. This is a lab test that counts the different formed elements- red and white ...Read more