Can you have good blood work results and still have pancreatic cancer?

Question by blankyahoophoto: Can you have good blood work results and still have pancreatic cancer?

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Answer by lucid dreamer
Most cancers are not picked up by routine blood tests. Many people having 2nd or 3rd stage cancers show no symptoms of disease regardless of the normal blood work; and many times cancers are detected only in the last stages. However, their are several signs and symptoms that can lead to the discovery of malignancy in certain organs. CT scan & biopsies or using radioactive dye intravenously to reach the remote areas are the diagnostic tools to detect many malignancies in the early stages. Pancreatic & Ovarian cancer is the most difficult to detect in their early stages.

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    Debbie May 17, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I would just like to add something to lucid dreamer’s comments. Although it might not help you right now, there is a fifteen year old kid named Jack Andraka who has developed a new test for pancreatic cancer this year. It is amazingly more sensitive, accurate, and cost effective. We will all have to wait for his test to be developed for mainstream use, but he has changed the world for future pancreatic cancer patients. Forbe’s magazine did a great article on him.

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    Varun May 17, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    no u cant as substances relesed during any cancer alter blood levels

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    Plogsties May 17, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Yes, especially in the very early stages when the tumor is very tiny. As the tumor grows and begins to destroy tissue blood tests usually show abnormalities – but by this time curative treatment is almost always not possible. (There are rare types of pancreatic malignancies which do not metastesize early).

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