Top 15 Common Questions About Leukemia

How to test for leukemia?

The definite diagnosis of leukemia is through a bone marrow biopsy, which is typically done after suspecting the disease, interviewing the patient, performing a physical exam, and receiving alarming blood tests. These samples are usually taken in the sternum bone, which is located in the middle of the chest, and it is typically performed by a specialist in hematology or oncology. The sample is analyzed and leukemia will be diagnosed depending on the microscopic characteristics of the bone marrow cells.