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How is B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia diagnosed?

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Your doctor will do a physical exam and ask you questions about your medical history.

Your doctor may also want you to take some blood tests that can give clues about whether you have B-cell ALL:

Complete blood count (CBC). It checks the number of blood cells in your body, including white blood cells.

Peripheral blood smear. It looks for changes in the number of blood cells and how they look.

You may also need to get a bone marrow test. Your doctor will take samples of your bone marrow, usually from the back of your hip bone.

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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