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.