As with most other cancers, many types of leukemia show no obvious symptoms early in the disease. Because of this, it is sometimes diagnosed incidentally during a physical exam or as a result of routine blood testing. Since there is no standard screening process for detecting early-stage leukemia, it is important to see your doctor regularly for a checkup. If you have symptoms that suggest leukemia, your doctor will try to find out what’s causing the problems, which often includes certain tests to either diagnose or rule out the disease.
Keep in mind that having symptoms of leukemia does not necessarily mean you have leukemia. With that said, it’s always a good idea to get checked out by your doctor. Some of the tests you may have can include:
There are two ways your doctor can obtain bone marrow. Some people will have both procedures during the same visit:
In some cases, your particular symptoms or type of leukemia may require additional tests, such as:
At Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers (RMCC), we understand that a leukemia diagnosis can be scary and overwhelming, which is why our expert oncologists are committed to providing you peace of mind by offering the most advanced treatments for all types of cancers of the blood, including leukemia. Please find the RMCC location that is most convenient for you and call to request an appointment.