Blood and Blood Disease Testing
Problems with your blood can include disorders like anemia or issues with blood clotting, as well as some cancers like leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma.
While all blood tests examine what’s in your blood, certain tests can look for problems indicating you have a blood disease. The primary test to do this is called a CBC.
Complete Blood Count (CBC)
A complete blood count (CBC) is one of the most common blood tests requested for patients, and especially those who may be showing signs of a blood disorder or cancer. (A CBC is also often drawn during a standard physical as a baseline “blood check.”
A CBC measures you:
- red blood cells (RBCs)
- white blood cells (WBCs)
A CBC report will also come with a WBC differential which measures the different white blood cells in your blood, too.
Your test report will show the normal ranges and percentages, and where your levels fall. Based on your report, your doctor will be able to explain what your CBC report means and possibly run more tests.
A common sign something isn’t right in your blood is anemia. If you struggle with fatigue or if you suspect you’re anemic, here’s a common panel we can recommend:
- CBC, Complete Blood Count with Differential/Platelet Count
- Ferritin, Serum
- Folic Acid, Folate
- Iron, (Fe) Serum
- TIBC, Total Iron Binding Capacity
- Reticulocyte count
- Vitamin B12
You’re encouraged to take your test results to a doctor to discuss, or we can fax them for you too.