Normal blood results in watch and wait

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Question from Bob:  
I am in watch and wait. During a recent blood test, my white blood cell, red blood cell, and platelet counts were all within the normal range. I thought the counts continue to elevate without treatment. Is this more the exception than the rule? 

Answer from Dr. Leclair
The increase in lymphocytes is up to them—for some very lucky people, there is never a large increase. They tend to stay in the teens or low 20s for decades. 

The RBC and platelets will not increase, but they can rather precipitously drop. As long as they are fine, I say—rejoice!

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Page last updated on February 15, 2016