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Dr. Steven Ketchel, M.D.

Hematologist-Oncologist

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46 years Experience
Dr. Steven Ketchel, M.D.
  • Tucson, AZ
  • University of Arizona College of Medicine
  • Accepting new patients

During chemotherapy, is a RBC drop normal?

Both the WBC (white blood count) and RBC (red blood count) as well as the platelet count normally fall during chemotherapy.

Is coughing blood a serious sign in a cancer patient?

It depends what type of cancer she has. There are a few benign reasons for coughing blood.

My son has a very high white blood cell count. What's next?

If it is not elevated because of an infection it may be a leukemia. The differential count should answer that question.

I am undergoing treatment for liver cancer. I am now passing blood in my stools. Why is this?

The liver is separate from the bowel. If the liver biopsy showed liver cancer, or if this is colon cancer that has spread to the liver, you should have a colonoscopy to find out READ MORE
The liver is separate from the bowel. If the liver biopsy showed liver cancer, or if this is colon cancer that has spread to the liver, you should have a colonoscopy to find out the cause of the bleeding, if it cannot be explained by hemorrhoids or other problems in the rectal area.

Is my fatigue due to low hemoglobin levels?

Chemotherapy itself causes fatigue. You can ask your physician if your hemoglobin is low enough to cause fafigue

What natural treatments should I do alongside my child's chemotherapy?

Unfortunately I know of no natural treatments that help toward the cure of lymphoma. If you want to use them in spite of lack of evidence you can talk to a natural medicine store READ MORE
Unfortunately I know of no natural treatments that help toward the cure of lymphoma. If you want to use them in spite of lack of evidence you can talk to a natural medicine store and then check with your oncologist to make sure the medicine you have chosen doesn’t interfere with the chemotherapy

Can hemophillia be treated completely?

It depends on what type of lymphoma it was. Small cell lymphoma is likely to recur. It may also transform to large cell, a more aggressive lymphoma. Large cell is likely cured READ MORE
It depends on what type of lymphoma it was. Small cell lymphoma is likely to recur. It may also transform to large cell, a more aggressive lymphoma. Large cell is likely cured in 5 years. Hodgkin's Lymphoma is also likely cured in 5 years.

Is calcium supplement sufficient for osteoporosis at the age of 31?

I am not sure that calcium alone is sufficient. Taking it with Vitamin D and pursuing a regular exercise program would be important. On recheck of your DEXA scan after a year READ MORE
I am not sure that calcium alone is sufficient. Taking it with Vitamin D and pursuing a regular exercise program would be important. On recheck of your DEXA scan after a year you should see improvement in the bone density or switch to another medication.

Is it normal to have spotting while on emergency contraceptive pill?

Spotting after an emergency contraceptive pill may be normal. If it worsens or you have discomfort, you should see an ob/gyn.

Are there any foods that can help in increasing the hemoglobin levels in the body?

Iron is the only compound known to increase the hemoglobin. It is in red meat and other foods as well. It can also be taken as a medication

Why are my platelets dropping after chemotherapy?

Platelet counts often go down after chemotherapy. They should not go down enough to cause you any problems. Unless your platelet counts were down before chemotherapy, this is READ MORE
Platelet counts often go down after chemotherapy. They should not go down enough to cause you any problems. Unless your platelet counts were down before chemotherapy, this is from the chemotherapy.

After an accident, how fast can the body make blood again?

His body should start making red blood cells immediately if he has enough iron in his diet. If he is up walking, he should not need transfusions for a hemoglobin greater than READ MORE
His body should start making red blood cells immediately if he has enough iron in his diet. If he is up walking, he should not need transfusions for a hemoglobin greater than 8 unless the doctor has special reasons to do so.

Are there any symptoms for blood cancer?

It depends what type of blood cancer they had. It may be hereditary but unlikely so. In general symptoms are fatigue and/or infections

Could low platelet count be due to arthritis?

The major question is how low the platelet count is. A low count is not likely secondary to arthritis, nor is it associated with anything other than a life-threatening infection. READ MORE
The major question is how low the platelet count is. A low count is not likely secondary to arthritis, nor is it associated with anything other than a life-threatening infection.

Immunotherapy

I believe your question is whether you should be receiving immunotherapy. If you remain in complete remission almost three years after completing therapy for Stage IV large cell READ MORE
I believe your question is whether you should be receiving immunotherapy. If you remain in complete remission almost three years after completing therapy for Stage IV large cell lymphoma you may be cured and I would not consider additional therapy until your disease recurs, if it ever does.

What can be done for anemia?

It depends on the age of your son. No matter what the age the physician should do a pertinent physical exam and take a good nutritional history and family history. Depending on READ MORE
It depends on the age of your son. No matter what the age the physician should do a pertinent physical exam and take a good nutritional history and family history. Depending on those findings, age appropriate laboratory tests and other exams should be ordered. If no cause for the anemia is found, referral to a hematologist is indicated. Once the cause of the anemia has been found, the appropriate treatment can be instituted.

Can blood cancer be treated naturally?

There are many different types of "blood cancers." However, I am not familiar with any natural medicines that will treat any of these diseases.

Non Hodgkins follicular lymphoma

The five-year survival for Stage 4 Hodgkin's Disease is about 65%. There are several treatment options. If there truly is persistent lymphoma in the groin, it is a problem and READ MORE
The five-year survival for Stage 4 Hodgkin's Disease is about 65%. There are several treatment options. If there truly is persistent lymphoma in the groin, it is a problem and should go away with therapy or (if it's the only current site of disease) be removed.

I keep passing blood in my stools. While doctors have ruled out anything serious, I am worried.

I would not worry if you have had a colonoscopy. There are many benign reasons for blood in the stool. Continue to follow up with your primary physician.

Is leukemia curable?

It may be curable. Familial acute myeloid leukemia is a rare disease.