CBC Levels

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Teddybear
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CBC Levels

Postby Teddybear » Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:20 pm

Hello, I want to ask for input on my latest CBC results. I finished taking Xeloda in July 2018 and have been feeling good. Went for a general physical and my CBC has some values that are rising. My GP doctor immediately sent the results to my Oncologist and that has me worried. I am scheduled to see Oncologist but cant help but worry this may mean a recurrence. The high values were Hematocrit 50, Hemoglobin 16.6 and RBC 5.22. I didnt think these were too bad, but my GP is worrried. Any thoughts on this? Is there a correlation to RBC and cancer?
thank you !
DX CC Feb 2018
Feb 2018 Lap sigmoind resection
2A
T3N0M0/G2
0/14 nodes
no invasion
Margins clear
MSS
April-June 2018 Xeloda

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Re: CBC Levels

Postby betsydoglover » Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:30 pm

Sorry you have to worry about this. I don't have data on those specific numbers, but I think any primary care physician would refer even slightly abnormal blood results to your onc. You have a good general who is keeping on top of this. Good luck.
Betsy
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Re: CBC Levels

Postby Teddybear » Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:17 pm

Thanks Betsy. I appreciate the support very much.
DX CC Feb 2018
Feb 2018 Lap sigmoind resection
2A
T3N0M0/G2
0/14 nodes
no invasion
Margins clear
MSS
April-June 2018 Xeloda

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Re: CBC Levels

Postby Beloved fiancée » Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:04 pm

Hi, so sorry you are worried. Your hemoglobin is perfect and if it was “low” it would be a concern. Elevated Bun usually means you need to hydrate more and it will be back to normal. RBC is Also good. That is how I interpreted. My fiancé had his hemoglobin dropping for 3 months prior to Diagnosis.
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Re: CBC Levels

Postby Teddybear » Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:07 pm

Thank you beloved . You thoughts are appreciated. Wishing you and your fiancé health :D
DX CC Feb 2018
Feb 2018 Lap sigmoind resection
2A
T3N0M0/G2
0/14 nodes
no invasion
Margins clear
MSS
April-June 2018 Xeloda

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Re: CBC Levels

Postby CRguy » Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:42 pm

Not to throw a monkey wrench into the works ... :shock: :shock: :shock:
BUTT some of these values could be interpretted as actually up from lab normals

BUTT .... they need to be interpretted in light of your OWN lab's normals
in reference to your OWN medical situation ....
not by discussion on the forum here
sorry JMO

male versus female values will vary
age groups will vary
chemo patients will vary

I would not lose sleep over these values ... BUTT to simply say they look good
WITHOUT proper doc feedback is not where I place my faith.

Get the real feedback from your docs and let us know
we are here for you, and there is probably nothing wrong

relying on forum feedback for "interpretation" is NOT a sufficient response for an active cancer patient
While we all would wish to support you, we are NOT doctors and certainly not YOUR doctor

IF your own GP is interested and wants to follow up for you = GREAT DOCTOR !!!!!!
IF someone on forum says "looks ok don't worry "...... = not good enough
get your experts working for you

Your hemoglobin is perfect and if it was “low” it would be a concern.
Hgb is actualy a bit high and would cause other concerns
Elevated Bun usually means you need to hydrate more and it will be back to normal.
elevated BUN is a marker for a number of concerns NOT only hydration levels
RBC is Also good.
total RBC is actually a bit high which would be a concern for a number of things like polycythemia vera https://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/hig ... m-20050858
That is how I interpreted.
Are you her doctor ? / neither am I which is why she should consult her own doctor


I might be a bit of an asshole here ... not the first time nor the last time :shock:
BUTT folks who do not have the inside story on another's medical sitrep should NOT give medical interpretations of tests.

GIVE support = YES
BUTT please do not tell another member their results are good etc.
YOU have no idea of her sitrep
... mini rant over now

best wishes all
CRguy
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Stage IV A rectal cancer/lung met
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my life is an ongoing totally randomized UNcontrolled experiment with N=1 !
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Re: CBC Levels

Postby Teddybear » Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:16 pm

Thank you for your input CR Guy. I have appointment and will get an answer from my oncologist. I want to say I appreciate all responses and value a place to talk about this.
DX CC Feb 2018
Feb 2018 Lap sigmoind resection
2A
T3N0M0/G2
0/14 nodes
no invasion
Margins clear
MSS
April-June 2018 Xeloda


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