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Would a doctor order it if I asked to be tested for leukemia?

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: A blood count

Leukemia is suspected, and may be diagnosed, by a blood count.
A bone marrow biopsy is usually required to confirm the diagnosis and get additional information about the leukemia. The doctor would likely do a blood count, however, a bone marrow biopsy is an invasive procedure that would only be done if the blood count suggested a serious bone marrow disorder, of which leukemia is one.

In brief: A blood count

Leukemia is suspected, and may be diagnosed, by a blood count.
A bone marrow biopsy is usually required to confirm the diagnosis and get additional information about the leukemia. The doctor would likely do a blood count, however, a bone marrow biopsy is an invasive procedure that would only be done if the blood count suggested a serious bone marrow disorder, of which leukemia is one.
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