Diagnosis

Leukemia includes multiple types of the disease, as well as additional classifications within those types. An accurate diagnosis of the specific type of leukemia is critical to developing an effective treatment plan.

At UT Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, we diagnose and treat all types of leukemia, including acute myeloid leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, chronic myelogenous leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and myelodysplasia (pre-leukemia).

Symptoms and Diagnosis

People with chronic leukemia often experience no symptoms, and many patients are diagnosed after having blood work done for some other reason. Acute leukemia, on the other hand, can cause symptoms that quickly arise and get worse.

If leukemia is suspected based on a physical exam and symptoms, we'll order additional tests. These tests include:

  • Blood analysis, which assesses the numbers, types, and shapes of blood cells, as well as other characteristics that could indicate leukemia
  • Bone-marrow biopsy, to detect leukemia cells in the bone marrow

At UT Southwestern, we work with specialized pathologists called hematopathologists who are uniquely trained to identify and classify blood cancers.

Request an Appointment

To schedule a visit with a leukemia specialist at UT Southwestern’s facilities in Dallas or to learn more about our services, request an appointment or call 214-645-8300.