Are there blood tests for myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases?

While there are no specific blood tests for myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases, doctors do take samples from your peripheral circulation. A complete blood count, often abbreviated CBC, enables the doctor to determine how many platelets, red blood cells, and white blood cells are in your peripheral blood. The doctor can check for blood cell abnormalities under a microscope by doing a peripheral smear. Blasts are blood cells that have not fully developed. The type of cells in the peripheral blood and the percentage of blasts can be used in the diagnosis and typing of myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative diseases.

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Hematologic/Blood Cancers

Caused when our bone marrow makes too many blood cells, cancers of the blood lead to anemia, frequent infections and excessive bleeding.Common types of blood cancer, also called hematologic cancer, are leukemia, lymphoma and multi...

ple myeloma. These three cancers form when abnormal white blood cells crowd out the healthy ones that are responsible for fighting infections. Other myeloma disorders cause too many red blood cells and excessive platelets to be produced. When this happens, we become more susceptible to abnormal blood clotting or excessive bleeding. Although the exact cause of blood cancers are unknown, your risk increases as you get older and if you are exposed to excessive radiation or certain chemicals. You are also more vulnerable to these diseases if you are a male. See your doctor if you have fever and night sweats, pain in your stomach, or swollen lymph nodes.

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