Finger clubbing and platelet count


About me:
Male, age 30, non-smoker, prev. Hodgkins Lymphoma treated with ABVD 6 cycles only. Some lung damage to Bleomycin.

I wanted to ask some advice. I’ve recently had an ongoing cough for around 4 months and noticed some finger clubbing (confirmed by a pulmonologist).

I’ve previous had Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2014 and am in remission.

The pulmonologist has performed CRP, ESR blood tests, lung function, X-ray and CT scan with contrast. All have come back normal.

The CT scan showed a tiny focus of Nodularity in the left upper lobe. I have been told this is normal and if they pulled people in off the street they would find this. It’s likely scar tissue I was told.

The finger clubbing has been put down as non-specific and the cough as a residual thing or perhaps anxiety.

I’ve also had blood tests over the last 2 years to monitor my bloods. I have noticed my platelet count may have a trend:

285 - November 2016
327 - June 2020
295 - July 2020
352 - June 2021
355 - October 2021
360 - October 2021
395 - June 2022
336 - July 2022

To summarise, do I need any further follow up and are the platelets of concern?

JanineT GRACE …
Posts: 613
GRACE Community Outreach Team

Hi survivour, 


You have been through a lot already at such a young age, probably too much for someone online to say much. Perhaps your haemotologist and pulmonologist consult to determine if prior cancer and treatments could affect your current symptoms (2 heads are better than 1 and all).  Not that it doesn't mean something but your platelet levels are high though high within normal limits. 


From a totally unprofessional point, my husband has been cancer free for 10 years and still struggles with symptoms that began during the cancer journey.  Nothing that resembles your symptoms it just seems that since then med issues have arisen that don't get diagnosed with any specificity.


If you're uncomfortable with your care it's not wrong to seek opinions elsewhere.  This is an article about that. 


I hope you do well and find a none threatening answer to your issues.

All the best,


I joined GRACE as a caregiver for my husband who had a Pancoast tumor, NSCLC stage III in 2009. He had curative chemo/rads then it was believed he had a recurrence in the spine/oligometastasis that was radiated. He's 10 years out from treatment.