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Understanding Blood Tests

Posted 2/8/2014

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  Today's entry is Remedial Cancer Patient or Cancer Patient 101. By now, you have probably learned quite a lot about blood tests, normal levels and values, and what the concerns might be. However, it can be useful to have all that information in one place, and Cancer Net has done that for us.

  Here is the beginning and a link. You might want to bookmark or otherwise save this one, so, next time you are wondering, you can easily find it.

Understanding Blood Test Results
A complete blood count (CBC) is a common blood test that is used to help diagnose some blood cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma, tell if a cancer has spread to the bone marrow, and help determine how your body is tolerating cancer treatments. If you are being treated with chemotherapy, your doctor will likely monitor your blood cell counts regularly using CBCs.
A CBC provides important information about the amount of three types of cells in your blood: white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Each of these measurements has a normal range that will be noted on your CBC. Typical test values are given as a range (called a reference range) instead of a specific number because they vary from person to person.


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