Question by  hkkippy (3)

Should I worry about an absolute lymphocyte number of 0.5 when normal is 0.6-5.5 k/uL?

I had 40 sessions of radiation for prostate cancer IN April and May.


Answer by  Atomicrayon (2504)

Cancer is a very serious medical condition and as such should be handled and taken with great care. I would immediately see your attending physician regarding this fluctuation in lymphocyt levels as even the smallest change could result fatally in this situation. So in summary, it may not be life threatening, but look into it.


Answer by  NYCCDC (311)

Any abnormal lab finding should be investigated to confirm a true dysfunction. Your level is barely below normal, however, this is not to say you are completely fine. Consult with your doctor about this and express your concern. Do not be afraid to get another opinion as well.


Answer by  patti (29325)

This is a discussion for you to have with your physician. Few patients and most lay people have sufficient training to intelligently address the significance of lab values.


Answer by  mjjaegly (211)

No you shouldn't worry. This is most likely from your radiation treatments, which can sometimes cause the lymphocyte number to climb.


Answer by  jsmith (2067)

As your question implies, your overall lymphocyte number is down due to your radiation therapy. Until your immune system recovers you need to be very careful as you will be much more prone to viral and bacterial infections and they will be more severe. The low number itself isn't dangerous.


Answer by  EarlyMorning (25)

Don't worry! Chemotherapy can cause a decrease in lymphocytes for a short time. Talk to your physician and make plans to be retested in the future


Answer by  DoctorGenius (29)

The quite insignificant fall in Lymphocyte is justified by large number of Radiation sittings you have taken for your treatment. Therefore i suggest you don't take this Very Seriously.

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