At the AHN Cancer Institute, we use sophisticated technology to diagnose different types of blood cancer. You can expect the diagnostic process to be:
Our cancer specialists have the expertise to get you the right diagnosis so you can begin treatment. Often, we diagnose blood cancers and disorders through a complete blood count (CBC), which might show elevated or decreased blood cell counts.
Initial tests for diagnosing leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma might include:
Complete blood count: We draw a small blood sample. Then, our laboratories quickly analyze your results for abnormalities.
Bone marrow biopsy: During this procedure, we take a small amount of bone marrow fluid or tissue, usually from the hip, to analyze cells for signs of cancer.
Cytogenetic testing: Our chromosomes carry our genetic information (DNA). Cytogenetic testing is a sophisticated procedure that analyzes chromosomal changes that may indicate cancer. Understanding cellular makeup helps us pinpoint an exact diagnosis and plan a better treatment.
Once you have been diagnosed, a team of experts reviews your results and develops a personalized treatment plan. Treatment options include chemotherapy, immunotherapy, radiation therapy, and cellular therapy. Get more information on treatment for leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.