Tests You May Need Once You Know You Have Leukemia
A CT scan may be ordered once leukemia is found.
Once you know you have leukemia, your doctor will likely do more tests. Most people need more than one.
What the Tests Show Your Doctor
Here’s what your doctor is trying to learn from these tests.
Confirm the type of leukemia you have.
See if the leukemia has spread to your brain or other parts of your body.
Tell what type of treatment will likely work best for you.
Tell what your chances are for recovery.
Tests That Help Your Doctor Choose Your Treatment
Blood samples and the sample taken from your bone marrow can be used for other tests. These tests can help your doctor see which type of white blood cells your leukemia began in. This determines the type of therapy you will get. Another test can see changes in the chromosomes of the leukemia cells, the blueprints of your cells. This test helps your doctor know how the leukemia will likely grow and what kind of treatment may work best. These are examples of tests that may be done.
Tests That Help Show if Leukemia Has Spread
Other tests can help spot whether the leukemia has spread to other parts of your body or if it is causing problems, such as infection. For example, a lumbar puncture collects fluid from your spinal column to check for leukemia cells. X-rays and imaging tests (scans) see inside your body. Here are some examples of imaging tests you might have.