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raised alkaline, ALT, AST, and BR.

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  • Posted By: evanquinn
  • February 12, 2010
  • 05:01 PM

Hello everyone. My father (he is 45, doesn't smoke, drink or do drugs) has been having stomach and back pains lately , and has had dark urine and white looking stool for the past month now, and finally decided to visit a doctor yesterday. They drew some blood and sent it back, and this is what his test results were.

alkaline level: 161,
ALT: 254,
AST: 153
and BR (bilirubin): 5.1

I was wondering if anyone here has had any of these same symptons and if I should be worried about cancer. My father was diagnosed with tounge cancer in 2004, and received treatment from M.D. anderson and was thankfully cured. Should I be worried about cancer? Anytime he gets sick, it scares everyone because we always think "oh no, cancer" and i can't get it off my mind. So any information or help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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  • My father had cancer base of tongue that was cured with radiation in 1998... Came down with Leukemia in 2006, most likely from the radiation treatments in '98. His first symptom was dark urine. Leukemia several years after radiation is an unfortunate, but not uncommon occurrence. It is usually quite treatable in its early stages. Prepare for the worst, but hope for the best. He needs an aggressive diagnostic to find out what is going on. Good Luck, and GodSpeed
    synesthesia 87 Replies
    • February 12, 2010
    • 05:55 PM
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  • I forgot to mention... RAPID diagnosis and treatment is very important to the outcome in treating acute leukemias (if that is what this is). My dad was given the option to have his testing done as an outpatient over a period of a month or so, or an inpatient in one week. He didn't want to lay around in a hospital, but his wife talked him into it. This led to an early diagnosis and prompt treatment, which we later learned was very important. Prompt treatment of AML greatly increases the survival rate! Outpatient testing requires insurance approvals and appointments... Inpatient testing (in a hospital) is done by doctors order, the same or next day. Please don't delay... Use the fastest method possible.
    synesthesia 87 Replies
    • February 12, 2010
    • 06:30 PM
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  • Thanks a lot for your reply. i hope it isn't Leukemia, but the dark urine makes me worry. he has an appointment at a local hospital monday. hopefully it isn't anything too serious. glad your father made it through everything ok. hopefully mine can too!
    evanquinn 1 Replies
    • February 12, 2010
    • 08:05 PM
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