Bloods tests have the potential to pick up various abnormalities including cancer related abnormalities during follow up of cancers.
But , many patients would be surprised to know that there is ongoing debate about usefulness of routine blood tests atleast in some cancers !
In a recent study, Australian investigators assessed the role of routine blood tests during monitoring of patients with low grade lymphoma.
They found that routine blood tests rarely found or detected disease progression in patients who did not have any symptoms.
Routine Blood Tests in Asymptomatic Patients With Indolent Lymphoma Have Limited Ability to Detect Clinically Significant Disease Progression. DOI: 10.1200/JOP.19.00771 JCO Oncology Practice – published online before print June 25, 2020. PMID: 32584701
Effectiveness of Routine Blood Testing in Detection of Disease During Active Surveillance for Indolent Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. By Matthew Stenger. Posted: 7/16/2020 1:40:00 PM . Last Updated: 7/29/2020 1:59:00 PM
Utility of Routine Surveillance Laboratory Testing in Detecting Relapse in Patients With Classic Hodgkin Lymphoma in First Remission: Results From a Large Single-Institution Study. DOI: 10.1200/JOP.19.00733 JCO Oncology Practice – published online before print May 5, 2020. PMID: 32369413
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