Order blood tests. Leukemia causes a high level of white blood cells and low levels of other types of blood cells.
If your blood tests aren't normal, the doctor may want to do a bone marrow biopsy. This test lets the doctor look at cells from inside your bone. This can give key information about what type of leukemia it is so you can get the right treatment.
What type of treatment you need will depend on many things, including what kind of leukemia you have, how far along it is, and your age and overall health.
If you have acute leukemia, you will need quick treatment to stop the rapid growth of leukemia cells.
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia may not need to be treated until you have symptoms. But chronic myelogenous leukemia will probably be treated right away.
Treatments for leukemia include:
Chemotherapy. This is the main treatment for most types of leukemia.