NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Version 1.2017
Testing for ALL
Cancer tests are used to plan treatment and
check how well treatment is working.
Your medical history and physical exam can
reveal signs of disease.
Blood tests are used to look for signs of cancer
and check how well your organs are working.
To confirm if you have ALL, a sample of
tissue—blood or bone marrow—must be
removed from your body for testing. A bone
marrow biopsy and aspiration are used to
remove a sample of bone marrow.
Flow cytometry is used to identify the type of
cells present in a sample based on the set
on proteins on the cell surface. This is called
Cytogenetic testing, PCR, and FISH help
doctors detect abnormal chromosome changes
in leukemia cells.