Doctors use a variety of lab and imaging tests.
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Together with a physical examination and detailed medical history, your doctor will use test results to:
Confirm a blood cancer diagnosis, its specific subtype and its stage
Decide whether additional tests are needed
Determine your risk and expected outcome (prognosis)
Guide treatment decisions
Monitor your condition if treatment isn't yet needed ("watch and wait")
Measure your response to treatment during and after therapy
Track your health during and after treatment
Your doctor may order additional tests if you have multiple medical conditions such as heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes or other illnesses (called comorbidities) that may affect your body's ability to fight infection.