Posted by: Worried 25 | 2008/05/23

Blood tests

Hi Dr
Just a quick question, if i go for blood tests, like for sugar,Thyroid etc. Would a dr pick up if i had cancer ?? Or do you have to do specific tests for that?

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Cancer will not be picked up with normal blood tests. You will have to request spesific tests.

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Posted by: Amanda | 2009/04/16

Good day, I was just wondering if there is a bloodtest that can be done to determine if any cancerious cells is present in a persons' s blood cells. If so, what is it called and what laboratory group in South Africa is performing such bloodtests?

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Posted by: anxious | 2008/05/24

Blood tests are not used specifically to diagnose cancer, i.e. other symptoms are looked at such as if you have possible breast cancer problems would show up in a mammogram and further investigation might be necessary. Abdomen ultrasound might also eg show up possible colon, bowel cancer etc. Blood tests are not used as diagnosing cancer.

What are you worried about?

You would have to have specific worrying symptoms for a doctor to consider cancer as a possible diagnosis.

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