Painless lumps in the neck, underarms, stomach, or groin
Red or purple spots under the skin
Easy bruising or bleeding—including bleeding of the gums or nose
Fever, tiredness, weakness, and paleness
Problems breathing and chest pain
Loss of hunger and weight loss
Bone or joint pain
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. The doctor will check for swelling of the liver, spleen, or lymph nodes. You may be referred to a cancer doctor.
Tests will be done to look for abnormal cells. They may include:
Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy—to remove and test a sample of bone marrow
—to test the fluid around the brain and spinal cord for cancer
The doctor may do more tests to learn about the leukemia. These tests will help guide treatment. Tests may include:
Cytogenetic analysis—to look for problems with genes
Immunophenotyping—to check the type of leukemia
Imaging tests to check bodily structures, including:
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