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Have a question, a bit unsure whether this is good news or bad. My mega chemo treatment was 05-03-07 at that time was told my blood work was beautiful, mega dose has really kicked my butt. Wasn't feeling well, achy joints, severe fatigue went to my pcp who ordered labs, of course WBC and RBC down some but the concern is my sed rate which came back 50 (norm is 20) pcp told me 1 of 2 things going on, cancer cells were dying off or cancer has spread. I'm scheduled for my last mega treatment of chemo this Friday in which I will take my lab report with me. Need some encouraging news or hope here. Anyone who can tell me if theirs has been that high and not been a spread of cancer. My liver function test was normal ?

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I'm sorry - I didn't reply when I read your post because I didn't know what a sed rate was. Keeping you in my prayers for cancer cells dying, though. Hope you find out it's nothing to worry about. Sorry I'm not more help.


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That is a new term for me too. I have never heard of a sed rate. I certainly do hope and pray that cancer cells are being killed and that you will be okay. Prayers for the best.


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I hope it is the cancer cells dying like lemmings running off the cliff!!

I also don't know what a sed rate is. :shock:

I have all of Tony's cbc's and whatnot, so if you can explain what a sed is, I'll look and see what his is. Geez, my grammer gets worse and worse lately.

Warm regards,


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Okay, I got the following from the Mayo Clinic website:

What does a sedimentation rate (sed rate) blood test measure? What does it mean if you have an elevated sed rate?

Mayo Clinic hematologist Ruben Mesa, M.D., and colleagues answer select questions from readers.


Sedimentation rate (sed rate) measures the speed at which red blood cells settle to the bottom of a test tube. The presence of certain abnormal proteins in the blood can cause red blood cells to stick together and sink to the bottom more quickly.

Sed rate is a screening test for many different diseases. A high sed rate is not specific to any one disease. Possible causes include:

* Infection

* Inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus

* Blood cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma

* Cancers that have spread (metastasized)

An elevated sed rate may indicate an underlying problem. But further testing is needed to identify the cause of the problem.


I don't think Tony ever had this test done. Sorry Barb that I can't help. Gosh I hate these times where little signals could go either way. We're sitting in that position right now too. :? Still hoping that it is a good thing for our little hummingbird -- you!


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