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Does cancer of the cecum show up in blood work?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology

In brief: Perhaps indirectly

If bleeding and blood loss sufficient to produce anemia.
Looking at blood results is not the way to diagnose colon cancer. Occult blood/guaiac card shows presence leading to colonoscopy for diagnosis. Treatment is right colectomy collecting at least 13 nodes.

In brief: Perhaps indirectly

If bleeding and blood loss sufficient to produce anemia.
Looking at blood results is not the way to diagnose colon cancer. Occult blood/guaiac card shows presence leading to colonoscopy for diagnosis. Treatment is right colectomy collecting at least 13 nodes.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Scott Moon
Radiation Oncology

In brief: Not really

There is a marker called cea that may be elevated in someone with cancer in the cecum, but it's not a test like psa for prostate cancer that can be used for screening purposes.
Blood work could show anemia that may be caused by a cecal cancer. The best way to catch it early is to get regular check-ups including stool guaiac checks and screening colonoscopies.

In brief: Not really

There is a marker called cea that may be elevated in someone with cancer in the cecum, but it's not a test like psa for prostate cancer that can be used for screening purposes.
Blood work could show anemia that may be caused by a cecal cancer. The best way to catch it early is to get regular check-ups including stool guaiac checks and screening colonoscopies.
Dr. Scott Moon
Dr. Scott Moon
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