Asked by LiveWithCancer on Friday, July 20, 2018


    When I was at the doctor on Monday, it took forever to get blood test results. I found out why after I left the doctor's office (but while waiting for my treatment). The nurse accidentally drew blood for the CBC instead of CMP. Most people get CBC; I always get CMP.

    When I went back to get the blood drawn for the CMP, I asked them to just go ahead and get the CBC test done, too. I had looked at MyChart recently and had seen that we hadn't looked at the CBC results since I ended the trial a year ago. I was interested to see how the values look now, even if my doctor wasn't.

    Well, I got the results today. When I graph the last 10 CBC results, it is a completely straight line. It seems incredible to me that there is VERY little variation from test to test.

    I wonder what makes one person's blood so stable and others have to fight to keep their values to stay within "normal" ranges? I don't take vitamins or supplements of any kind. Everyone knows I love my meat and potatoes ... cont

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I mostly don't like or eat veggies or fruits ... and when I do eat veggies, they are often from a can (or frozen). No one can accuse me of eating a healthy diet.

      Even when getting "regular" chemo, my values stayed in the normal range. I am definitely not complaining; I just wonder why I am that fortunate. (Probably accounts for the some of the reasons why I don't buy into the whole vegan or raw diet stuff we read about here sometimes.)

      8 months ago
    • macfightsback's Avatar

      It depends on the type of chemo and your personal response to it. I am one of those lucky people who has terrible problems with my labs during chemo. I had to receive 4 blood transfusions for Frontline Taxol and Carboplatin in 2015 and my neutrophils and platelets dropped low so my chemo was on hold an extra week. In 2018 history repeated itself. I have already received 4 blood transfusions and probably one more coming up next week. Chemo has been held an extra week twice for low platelets/neutrophils. Also chemo dose was reduced by 50% twice for marginal labs It has worsened with each cycle. No one has suggested to me it is diet driven. Although we all need to eat a healthy balanced diet. My oncologist told me I am more sensitive to chemo although quickly added there are other patients of his who have similar problems with their labs. I have donated blood twice before cancer. When I am a candidate to donate blood again I will definitely donate blood. I am a universal donar. O negative.

      8 months ago
    • JaneA's Avatar

      When I was diagnosed with Stage IV rectal cancer, my blood work, including blood chemistries, were all normal. All of my counts stayed normal during chemo except for neutrophil count - I got neutropenic three times during that year.

      Everyone is different.

      8 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      @macfightsback, I am sorry you're having issues :( I feel very, very fortunate that I never have. I have no explanation for why I am as fortunate as I am. I'm on immunotherapy now, but before got carboplatin, Alimta and Avastin. Even with the immunotherapy, my doctors are amazed that my blood tests are so consistently good. No one can really explain why, except that I am lucky... (I meant to ask what my blood type is. I have no clue, but I don't think anyone will ever want my blood ... no matter what type ... since there might be lung cancer cells floating around somewhere in there.)

      @JaneA, twice over nearly 6 years of continuous treatments, I have had worrisome blood tests. Once, it was my liver values ... I think once was my kidney values. Anyway, two weeks later when I went back for tests, after changing nothing except forcing down a little bit of Gatorade, the values were back where they needed to be and there they stayed.

      8 months ago
    • barryboomer's Avatar

      A lot of our health is determined by our Genetics.
      Some can do everything wrong and be very healthy and vice versa.

      8 months ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      LWC You are probably one of the lucky ones who naturally keep their CBC balanced. I on the other hand have had to learn to balance my CBC. But then I have never been a well person

      8 months ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      @BoiseB, you are obviously correct :) Who knows why, but it is definitely the case. For both the CBC and CMP. I am very grateful for it. And, it is also true, that other than the cancer, I have always been an extremely healthy person. Even WITH cancer, I'm a healthy person ... except for the cancer.

      8 months ago

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