Blood Cancer

Cancer originating in the blood cells or bone marrow is called blood cancer. The main types of blood cancer are leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Cancer makes the bone marrow to produce abnormal blood cells, which do not perform the normal functions of the blood cells and do not die, instead get accumulated in the body.

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My partner's father succumbed to leukemia. Is there a chance of my partner inheriting it?

Query: Hello doctor, I want to know about a rare disease with a high white blood cell count. My partner's father was 25 years old when he was diagnosed with this disease. Unfortunately, he succumbed to it after fighting for ten years. I want to know what are the chances of my partner catching it?  Read Full »

Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is difficult to describe a condition without any clinical history. However, it seems the patient had acute leukemia. This nowadays is not a life-threatening disease in most cases. But it was a serious ailment a decade ago. Moreover, it is not an inherited disease. T...  Read Full »

Are my pinprick-sized blood-red dots on the arms signs of malignancy?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a few dozen pinprick-sized blood-red dots on each of my upper arms (nowhere else) for a month. I do not think they have changed since then, but it is hard to tell since there are too many to track. I had noticed them all at once, but I am not sure for how long they have been there s...  Read Full »

Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hi,Welcome to, your dermatologist is right. These are angiomas, not related to blood cancer or other malignancies. To rule out any malignancies, get ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), LDH (lactate dehydrogenase), and CBC (complete blood count) tests done, and send me your results....  Read Full »

Please explain the cause and treatment for hypopigmented mycosis fungoides.

Query: Hi doctor, A 9-year-old girl's biopsy report reads like this. I would like to know the cause and treatment. Biopsy shows sparse superficial perivascular infiltrate of lymphocytes. The epidermis shows slight psoriasiform hyperplasia and infiltration by numerous small and large lymphocytes without m...  Read Full »

Dr. Charu Bansal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Mycosis fungoides is a type of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, meaning abnormal proliferation of T cells in our skin. As such, there is no well definite cause. An interplay of various factors causes it. There are aberrations in the chromosomes triggered by a persistent antig...  Read Full »

What is the reason for the increase in Hb and Hct values in me?

Query: Hi doctor, I am really worried that my Hgb is 17.6 and Hct is 54.6. I have been recommended to consult a hematologist in cancer care center. I am bothered whether it is a major illness. Can you please help me out?  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash H. Muddegowda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on your query, my opinion is as follows: Your hemoglobin (Hb or Hgb) and hematocrit (Hct) is a bit high and hence further evaluation is being done. If you are from a hill station or a smoker or with lung disorder then this may be normal. This is called as polycythe...  Read Full »

What is the diagnostic feature in the blood of stage 4 leukemia?

Query: Hi doctor, Can you help me read the attached report of my friend's blood test? Please explain about her condition. I want to check if the patient is diagnosed with leukemia.  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Here, in the attached report (attachment removed to protect patient identity), some part of the peripheral smear examination report is not visible in leukocyte. Upload peripheral smear examination report, which is fully visible, so that I can comment on it. The leukocyt...  Read Full »

My father has a persistent fever after first chemotherapy session. Is it due to CLL?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to enquire about my dad's health. He is 82 years old and has been having chronic lymphocytic leukemia for the past seven years. He had no symptoms other than the high blood cell count and was doing regular checkups every six months. Recently, his hemoglobin level dropped a...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to the You have mentioned in the history that the patient is having chronic lymphocytic leukemia. And the total count is high, as per history. So, chronic lymphocytic leukemia seems to be in the aggressive stage. Blood culture and other scan reports are normal as per hist...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest the condition of the patient on seeing the investigations attached.

Query: Hi doctor, The patient was admitted due to eight episodes of hematemesis, weight loss and loss of appetite since last six months. It was accompanied by bone pain, abdominal pain, abdominal distension, jaundice, vomiting, altered bowel habit, fever, shortness of breath, decrease urine output or al...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I had undergone the patient's reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). First of all, the patient has a tear in esophageal mucosa because of which bleeding occurred. To prevent bleeding, I suggest vasoconstrictor agent, adrenaline injection in the mucos...  Read Full »

What is the survival rate of a 9-year-old kid with acute lymphoblastic leukemia?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 9 years old. He had flu and vomiting before a few days. He got better and back to normal after four days. He started complaining of tiredness even after doing normal activities, like going to second floor, writing his homework. He was sweating abnormally during night without s...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Based on the provided history and reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it seems to be a hemolytic anemia case. The cause for hemolytic anemia should be searched. Dengue also should be ruled out by IgM ELISA test and NS1 antigen test. Spleen...  Read Full »

My WBC count is above 10,000. Do I have blood cancer?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 26 year old female. Last year, my physician told me that I have an iron deficiency, and put me on supplements. My WBC count is 10,300 now. I have no infection, and I am not on any other medication. I am worried due to the high WBC count. I am attaching my CBC test report. Ple...  Read Full »

Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your CBC (complete blood count) report attached here (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The normal adult range for WBC (white blood cells) count is 4000 to 11000 cells/mcL. Your count 10,300 cells/mcL is within the range. Let me know if you a...  Read Full »

What does RAEB mean?

Query: Hi doctor, I am writing to you regarding the health status of an elderly person. She is 85 years old and still in pretty good condition. Her current cardiological status rated to be very well with no diabetes or any other medical issues. But from last year she shows a myelodysplastic syndrome. A bo...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to have carefully worked through your case and want to assure you that proper care and expert opinion will be extended. Actually, when there is a hematology report which questions the quality of the biopsy specimen, we cannot just comment on the outcome of the test or to ...  Read Full »

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