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How can a CBC blood test show signs of cancer?

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: 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, .

In brief: 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, .
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Dr. Scott Welker
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In brief: High WBC

White blood cells are elevated in leukemia.
Also, the rarer polycythemia vera (which can lead to red cell leukemia) and thrombocythemia (which can lead to leukemia of the platelets) can show up on cbc.

In brief: High WBC

White blood cells are elevated in leukemia.
Also, the rarer polycythemia vera (which can lead to red cell leukemia) and thrombocythemia (which can lead to leukemia of the platelets) can show up on cbc.
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