If you have symptoms of acute leukaemia, or if you have a test for another reason and it suggests acute leukaemia, your general practitioner (GP) will do a physical examination, organise further tests and may refer you to a specialist called a haematologist.
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The main tests to work out whether you have acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) are blood and bone marrow tests. You may have other tests to confirm the diagnosis.
After an AML diagnosis, you are likely to see a range of health professionals, who will all play a part in your treatment.
Many people feel understandably shocked and upset when told they have ALL. If you need support, call Cancer Council 13 11 20.
The ER doctor came into my room and asked me if I knew what it meant if my white blood cells were very low. Then she told me it meant I had leukaemia.
Podcast: Tests and Cancer
A/Prof John Moore (Conjoint UNSW), Senior Staff Specialist Haematology, Department of Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant, Kinghorn Cancer Centre, St Vincent’s Hospital; Glynda Blomson, Consumer; Kevin Bloom, Senior Social Worker, Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant, Royal North Shore Hospital; Sharon Frazer, Consumer; Prof Angela Hong, Radiation Oncologist, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, and Clinical Professor, The University of Sydney; Yvonne King, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council NSW; Karen Maddock, Clinical Nurse Consultant – Haematology, Westmead Hospital.
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