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If You Have Advanced Stage Cancer, Could You Still Have Normal Bloodwork?

I've heard that with certain types of cancer, a person could be in the advanced stages of the condition and still have normal bloodwork. This sounds fishy to me! If you have advanced stage cancer, could your bloodwork still appear normal?
 

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With some types of cancer (especially cancers of blood cells), it would be virtually impossible to have normal bloodwork at an advanced stage. However, with other cancers, normal bloodwork is possible, even at late stages, especially if just the standard lab tests were done. However, if the tests looked for things that were specific to your cancer, such as tumor markers, you'll be unlikely to have totally normal results.
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