You usually start by seeing your GP if you have symptoms. They examine you and might refer you for tests or to a blood specialist (haematologist).
You might have one or more of these tests to diagnose chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) and throughout treatment to see how it is working.
You have a number of different blood tests to help diagnose CLL. You have regular blood tests throughout treatment.
Rarely, your specialist may want to look at a sample of bone marrow as well as a blood sample. This test checks whether there are cancer cells in your bone marrow.
This test helps doctors choose treatment more effectively.
You might have a chest x-ray to check your general health. Find out what happens when you have an x-ray.
An ultrasound scan uses high frequency sound waves to create a picture of a part of the body. You might have one to check your liver and spleen.
A CT scan is a test that uses x-rays and a computer to create detailed pictures of the inside of your body.
Your doctors might test your lymph nodes to find out more about your CLL. This test is called a fine needle aspiration or needle biopsy.