Oncology (General Cancer)/Abnormal blood tests


Hello, I have recieved some abnormal blood tests over the past few weeks. I will say my RDW-cv always seems to run high but stays in the same range even when all other tests are normal. However two Fridays ago I had blood taken that showed a WBC of 12.5 k/cmm, RDW of 15.0%, NEUT 7.4 k/cmm, lymph 3.8 k/cmm, mono 0.9 k/cmm. My doctor had ordered that test to check for anemia and the wide range of symptoms I've been having, he then called and asked for a repeat test a week later. The test results are WBC 15.0 k/cmm, RDW 14.8%, baso/100 WBC 1.6%, neut 10.5 k/cmm, lymph 3.4 k/cmm, and baso 0.2 k/cmm. The peripheral smear showed WBC, RBC, and Platelet morphology essentially normal. (All other results on the CBC were normal) so my question is, if I have no sign of flu (no fever or small low fever) no cuts or any place infection could be and my only symptoms are general fatigue, night sweats, and sometimes painful lymphnodes in my neck only and headaches, what could this be? Could there still be infection somewhere, or should I worry about cancer even though my blood smear was normal? All of my symptoms only started all together about three months ago, before that I was perfectly healthy, normal weight and only my lymphocytes were ever flagged as high on blood tests.   I also started having severe constipation about 3 weeks ago and problems with normal ovarian cysts. I don't want to start antibiotics if I don't need them.

The information provided does not permit any sure conclusions (not enough for that). However it is certainly enough to warrant more extensive examinations - preferably by a hematologist. None of these results in any way points in the direction of a cancer diagnosis. Good luck!

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