Your doctor will perform the following tests to help confirm the type of leukemia you have and what your prognosis is. A prognosis is a statement about the prospect of surviving and recovering from a disease. Your doctor may also do these tests after treatment to check its success.
A doctor does this test on bones of your hips or your sternum, which is your chest bone. Before making a small cut, the doctor numbs the area with a local anesthetic, which you usually get as an injection. Then the doctor inserts a needle to remove a small amount of liquid marrow from the back of your hipbone or sternum. You may need to have this done on both hips. Next, the doctor uses a larger needle to remove a solid piece of bone and marrow. Even with anesthesia, you may feel uncomfortable as the doctor removes the marrow and bone. But the entire procedure usually doesn't last more than 45 minutes.Learn more about Acute Myeloid Leukemia ›