A 37-year-old member asked:
does a blood test always show if a person has leukemia?
1 doctor answer
Dr. James Ball answered
19 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Not always: Leukemia is a cancer of cells within the bone marrow. This often spills into the blood, but not always. If blood tests do not confirm a leukemia diagnosis and there is still a suspicion of leukemia, a bone marrow aspirate and biopsy will be performed. This usually confirms the diagnosis.
Answered on Apr 24, 2018
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