If your doctor suspects leukemia, he or she will do a physical exam to check for signs of disease. He or she will ask about your medical history. This might include your health habits and past illnesses and treatment.
You will then undergo various tests and procedures to confirm the diagnosis. These tests may include:
If the diagnosis is leukemia, you may be referred to a hematologist/oncologist. This is a doctor who specializes in cancers of the blood and bone marrow.
There are several subtypes of AML. The different AML subtypes have somewhat different symptoms, treatment approaches, and outlooks. You are likely to undergo additional tests to determine your subtype of AML.
These tests may include:
You may also need to undergo additional tests and procedures to determine whether the AML has spread to other parts of the body. These tests are likely to include:
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