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 What's a logical reason for not receiving treatment for cancer?
I'm supposed to be writing a one-act for my theatre class for our finals and he said he'd give extra points if we made it about cancer and submitted it to this contest thingy. I've got ...

 Should I tell?????????
My friend thats older than me smokes hookah, do you think I should tell them that its really bad for them?...

 cancer cancer cancer!!!im so sad?
my aunty who is just like a mum to me has had a double mastectomy over the last few years now has bone cancer and it nw in her liver ! she is on chemotherapy and today all her hair fell in clumps , i ...

 My Sister Has Brain Cancer Is there any cure story's?
she has Glioblastoma multiforme in its in stage 3 in its on top of the blood veles of talking in ...

 Brain aneurysms?? My maternal grandfather died of one and my mother survived one. How concerned should I be?
Moms doctor told me and my siblings to get MRA's (MRI). Im not sure i want to know if i have a time bomb in my head. Mom survived surgery after hers ruptured, but died several months later from ...

 Can you please pray for my aunt?
She was diagnosed with leukemia a couple months ago. It's just getting worse, the gave her kemo treatment but it ended up giving her an infection and is now just taking over her body. They gave ...

 What are some signs of breast cancer? (please read on)........................................................
I am a teenager. In the earlier teenage years. I don't quite know how to do a self exam but when I felt my breast for any bumps I do have a small one. I don't know if I should worry. It is ...

 Do some people with cancer still die in pain or has medicine been able to stop the pain to the end?

 My son is 24. we have no insurance/he is diagnosis with cancer. We make to much $ for help. What do we do?
When he was younger about 11 he was diagnosed with cancer. Just a few years ago we were in a bad car wreck. It left me disabled and unable to work. I now draw social security. Last March he was ...

 if you ate cancerous cells, would you then have cancer yourself?
i got this idea from the nirvana song "heart shaped box" in it he says 'i wish i could eat your cancer' so if you ate cancer, would you develop it?...

 my dad was just diagnosed with melanoma cancer..?
iv been tanning on and off for the last couple years..im 19. My dad was just diagnosed with melanoma cancer..he only has a couple spots that he needs removed. With me tanning am i setting myself up ...

 can you get breast cancer at an early age?

 My Mom has terminal cancer. I'm not sure what this means.?
My Mom is quite secretive about her health. I just by chance discovered she has breast cancer that has gone into her bone and lymph nodes. She had radiation, but wanted NO family involvement through ...

 My mom has Stage 3 cervical cancer, it has not spread, I wanted to know if there are any survivors?
Any survivor? Share your experience? What advice can you give me? T...

 Can teenagers get lung cancer?
I know they can cause lung cancer in later life..but can they actually get it when they're a teenager?...

 Could i have breast cancer?
i have a huge lump and i noticed it cause it was sore and where it touches surface looks bruised. i didnt think it was that big until i checked it after it stoped being sore its very large and goes ...

 I just read that Tony Snow's cancer has metastasized. How can such a healthy looking person get Cancer?

 what are the leading type of cancer?
what are the three leading types of cancer?...

 Will my Grandad survive???
I just found out yesterday that my grandad of 60years old may have cancer.I was really upset when i heard it and i am really worried for him.He wont get the results back until another month and i am ...

 What are the chances of living when you have liver cancer that has entered the blood stream?
I'm just asking because I found out this is what is happening to my grandfather. My mothers ouldn't tell me anymore, just that it is serious... which is kinda lame seeing as i am 16 and I ...

Marissa E
Should Bloodwork show cancer?
Would cancer show in bloodwork ??? Would something come back abnormal if you have cancer?

i think so, there are certain" cancer markers" they look for.

I thought so. But when they took my blood they found no sign, 4 months later I was diagnosed with cancer.

If you get a CBC (Complete Blood Count) done, it should say if you have cancer, or if other things could be wrong.

many times it'll show a lowered white blood cell count.
my mom has a ca125 which tracks ovarian cancer.

Bill F
I think they need to be looking for specific things or cancers.
I had my yearly physical in early January and all my regular blood work came back normal. 3 weeks later with no prior symptoms I was diagnosed with an eye cancer (Choroidal Melanoma). Your best bet is to get things checked immediately when you find them. I waited 5 days, but my symptoms were so minor that I could have waited a very long time before they were severe enough for me to really worry about it. My mind and body told me that something was wrong. The results on my scans have not come back yet, but I have confidence that I sought help soon enough to save my life.

Rob D
I don't believe a normal bloodwork test alone will determine if you have cancer, but it should show some symptoms of cancer, such as abnormal liver, kidney readings, etc..

Of course, there are all kinds of things that can cause abnormal organ readings, so even if your blood readings are high it's no reason to panic. I have had both high and liver readings in the past, simply from medications or too much alcohol.

There are no diagnostic blood tests for cancer. There are tumor markers which if elevated may indicate cancer however they are not used to make a diagnosis rather the level is followed to see how the tumor is progressing or responding to treatment.
Leukemia and lymphoma can be suspected with a very elevated white blood cell count however a bone marrow biopsy would need to be done for a confirmatory diagnosis.

Dr.Amrata Srivastava, BDS

Yes blood work can show cancer. Blood cancers like leukemias can be diagnosed by blood test although they need to be confirmed by a bone marrow biopsy. Leukemia can be diagnosed by presence of immature blood cells in large numbers in the blood.
Then there are biomarkers which can be detested in serum or blood and when detected in high amounts they indicate cancer.
One such biomarker is PSA or prostate specific antigen which is normally produced by prostate but in small amounts. Presence of this antigen in blood in large amounts indicates prostate cancer.
Similarly, CA-125 is the biomarker for ovarian cancer and CEA a biomarker for breast, colon and pancreatic cancer.
Please remember however that the diagnostic value of these biomarkers is limited and the results have to be confirmed by clinical exam and tests like CT scan, ultrasound etc.


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