Usually you will see your family doctor (GP) who will examine you and take a blood test. If the results of the test are abnormal, your GP or a haematologist from the hospital will contact you. A haematologist is a doctor who specialises in treating blood problems. They will arrange for you to be seen quickly at the hospital for further tests and treatment.
At the hospital
Most people with suspected AML are referred to a specialist haematology unit in the hospital. The haematologist will ask about your general health and any previous medical problems you’ve had. They’ll examine you to check if your lymph nodes, spleen or liver are enlarged. You’ll also have more blood samples taken to check the number of different cells in your blood and to look for leukaemia cells.
If the blood test results are abnormal, the haematologist will want to take a sample of your bone marrow. This important test helps the haematologist to find out more about the leukaemia. It gives them the information they need to plan the best treatment for you.