Andrey Kaprin, chief freelance oncologist of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, pointed out the importance of a routine blood test for detecting pathological changes in the body. So, any change in the amount of hemoglobin, leukocytes, ESR for no apparent reason speaks of a latent disease, the specialist wrote in his Telegram channel.
What changes in the parameters of the general blood test should alert? This is an increased level of ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), any change in the number of leukocytes (a lot of granular and immature leukocytes is also a wake-up call), a decrease in hemoglobin.
In addition, you should understand the cause of lymphocytosis – a huge number of lymphocytes and lymph in the blood. “Deviations from the general indicator are the reason for going to the doctor,” Kaprin emphasized.
As for the analysis for oncomarkers, many experts agree that before a direct diagnosis from an oncologist, this is an unnecessary check. “Such tests are often prescribed already in the treatment of cancer, when it is necessary to monitor the development of the malignant process,” the specialist said.
The reason for donating blood for tumor markers is: the need to clarify the diagnosis, that is, there is already a suspicion of a tumor, and the study is carried out along with others. Or in a situation where the tumor has already been diagnosed, treatment has been carried out and it is necessary to make sure that there is no recurrence.
Source: Российская Газета by rg.ru.
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