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Hi, everyone! First off, let me say that I'm so grateful to have a site like this to go to, with such wonderfully warm, caring, and informative people. I only wish none of us had a reason to be here.

I've never posted here before, and because it's only 5 a.m., I can't think totally straight yet, so please bear with me.

My primary care doctor referred me to a Hematologist/Oncologist because over a period of about 15 years, my WBC count has pretty consistently been a little beyond the highest number in the range (it averages out at about 13.8 K/ul), and my Absolute Lymphs have ALWAYS been beyond the high number in the range, and sometimes has even doubled. Plus a few other readings that at times, have either been too high or too low.

But anyway, I saw the Hem/onc at noontime on Friday, at what I imagine is a fairly small cancer center, in Maine. Today is Thursday morning, so I guess that makes it 4 days ago since I saw him and had the blood drawn. After what I felt was a rather quick exam and some questions, he said "for some people, their white blood cell counts just tend to run high, and you may be one of those people", but then said he'd check it out with some lab work, and that he'd be able to tell me in about 3 weeks at my follow-up appt. if anything showed up. (The lab drew about 14 vials of blood that day, but I think he's looking into a clotting problem, too.).

So my questions to everyone are: Wouldn't the lab be able to tell by now, 4 days later, if I had a cancer? From what I've read here, and other places on the internet, some people were called the day after their appt., some the day of their appt., and some were even called on their cell phones on the way home from their appt., and told they have cancer. So based on that, can I completely assume that if I haven't heard anything by now, that I don't have cancer? Are cancers always found early with lab work, or can it truly take 3 weeks to discover it? Will they ALWAYS tell you right away if cancer IS found early, or will some doctors just wait until the follow-up to tell you? What about you, were you told right away, or did you have to wait until your follow-up? This waiting is driving me nuts!

Well thanks so much for taking the time to read my post, and please know that my thoughts, prayers, and a gentle hug go out to each and every one of you.





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