Doctors sometimes find leukemia after a routine blood test. If you have symptoms that suggest leukemia, your doctor will try to find out what’s causing the problems. Your doctor may ask about your personal and family medical history.
You may have one or more of the following tests:
There are two ways your doctor can obtain bone marrow. Some people will have both procedures during the same visit:
The tests that your doctor orders for you depend on your symptoms and type of leukemia. You may have other tests:
After diagnostic tests are completed, your hematologist will review the results with you. If the diagnosis will also help the doctor determine the type of leukemia found, also called classification.