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If you think you have some of the symptoms| of AML you should see your GP as soon as possible. They'll talk to you about them might organise for you to have some tests.
Your GP (family doctor) will examine you and arrange for you to have blood tests. There can be different reasons for your symptoms, so you’ll need to have a blood test to help diagnose acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). If you have AML, a blood test will usually find leukaemia cells and you'll be referred to a specialist at the hospital.
This specialist is called a haematologist, who is a doctor who treats people with blood disorders.
The haematologist will examine you and ask you about your symptoms and any recent illnesses. They will also arrange for you to have some more tests. These may include:
If you have AML, you might need a few more tests to check how your body is working in general. These could be blood tests, or an ultrasound scan of the tummy (abdomen) to look at your liver, spleen and kidneys.
This may seem like a lot of tests, but they give the doctors important information that will help them give you the right treatment.
Waiting for test results can be a scary time, but understanding a little about them - what will happen, how you'll feel and when you'll get the results - can help you cope. Thinking about how you feel and getting support from family, friends or your specialist nurse and doctor can also make it a bit easier. You could also talk to a cancer support specialist on our free helpline.
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|If you're looking for information about AML in people of all ages, please see our general AML| section.
Content last reviewed: 1 June 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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