The haematologist will ask you about any illnesses or health problems you’ve had. They will also examine you to check whether your lymph nodes, spleen or liver are enlarged. You will also have more blood tests to check the number of different cells in your blood (a full blood count) and to look for leukaemia cells.
If the blood test shows there are leukaemia cells in your blood, the haematologist will arrange further tests to find out which type of leukaemia you have and its extent. The results of these tests will help them plan your treatment.