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Healthcare: Cancer Care

Understanding Laboratory Results

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As part of your care at the Breast Care Center, blood tests are drawn on a regular basis. The frequency of blood tests depends on your treatment program.

Common blood tests for all patients include the complete blood count (CBC), and the comprehensive metabolic panel. Normal results for the CBC are listed below. The comprehensive metabolic panel screens body functions such as electrolytes, kidney function, liver function, and additional tests of nutritional balance. If there are any significant abnormalities in these tests you will be notified. Additional blood tests that may be indicated in your individual case will be explained to you.

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Complete Blood Count

Test

Function

Normal Range

White blood count (WBC)

Manage or control infections

4,000-10,000
(4.0-10.0)

Hemoglobin

Assists in carrying oxygen

Female 12-16
Males 14-18

Hematocrit

Assists in carrying oxygen

Females 37%-47%
Males 41%-51%

Platelets

Blood component that helps
with clotting

150,000-400,000