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Are there follow-up tests done after B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia is diagnosed?

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Once B-cell ALL has been diagnosed, your doctor may want to do tests to see if it has spread to other parts of your body. These might include an X-ray or a CT scan.

You may also get a test called a spinal tap (lumbar puncture). It checks to see if cancer cells have spread to the brain and spinal cord. For this test, your doctor gives you a shot to numb your lower back. Then he puts a needle in the area around your spinal cord to remove some fluid called CSF (cerebrospinal fluid).

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Leukemia -- Acute Lymphocytic."

Bethematch.org: "Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)."

Cleveland Clinic: "Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia."

Medscape: "Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia."

National Cancer Institute: "B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia," "General Information About Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia," "Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Treatment (PDQ®)," "Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects."

Cancer Care.org: "Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 27, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Leukemia -- Acute Lymphocytic."

Bethematch.org: "Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)."

Cleveland Clinic: "Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia."

Medscape: "Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia."

National Cancer Institute: "B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia," "General Information About Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia," "Adult Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Treatment (PDQ®)," "Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects."

Cancer Care.org: "Understanding and Managing Chemotherapy Side Effects."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on June 27, 2018

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