A white blood cell count (WBC, or WBC Count) is used to determine the stage and/or type of cancer (usually Leukemia) that is being dealt with in a patient.
My friend's son has Acute Myeloid Leukemia and has had a blood cell count of OVER 200,000 on more than one occasion, 150,000 count just a few months back.
The normal range is about 4-10,000. Over that might mean a bacterial infection, it does not mean that you have cancer cells in your body.
If a doctor has ordered another WBC after you have already been diagnosed with Leukemia, and/or after a Chemotherapy treatment.. then he is checking to see if the chemicals had any effect on the cancer cells. If not, then more chemotherapy and/or bone marrow transplant will be done. Experimental drugs are a possibility, as are harsh combinations of chemicals.
The White Cell count is a determination of the ability of the immune system to fight infection. People with very low white counts are susceptable to illness mush easier than persons with normal counts. Very high counts can indiocate an ongoing infection in the body or a leukemic condition. Most leukemia patients have a decrease in white counts. The damaged stem cells that cause the Leukemia do not produce the correct anamounts of these important cells.
Fatigue as in mononucleosis is cause by too many white cells but Mono is gernerally benign and goes away after rest. It is cause by the Epstein-Barr virus and in most cases, the EB virus goes away in a few years of the inset of Mono.
people with leukemia often have a low platelet count, platelets are in you blood and when someone cuts themselves their platelets try to stop then bleed by clotting. If the person with leukemia doesn't have many platelets they won't be able to stop the bleed as quickly. This is why they get bruises too.
If you currently have a high white blood cell count it could be because your body is fighting off an infection, systemic illness, allergy, and possibly leukemia. You normal white blood cell count should be about 4500 to 10000. Anything over that indicates your internal system is fighting something. What these cells do is surround the invader and destroy it.
WBC count has a normal range which is different from hospital to hospital, but are similar from place to place. A normal WBC count out of the Hematology text book I own is 4.5-11.5. Some people run a little high naturally, other causes of an increased WBC count would be things like infection and in extreme cases leukemia.
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