Diagnosing AML involves a series of blood tests and sometimes a bone marrow aspiration and biopsy. These show if you have cancer, and they give your physicians details about the cancer type and subtype.
Most of our patients begin AML treatment by going straight to the inpatient hospital at UW Medical Center - Montlake. There, they quickly receive chemotherapy. Some people come to the South Lake Union Clinic first and then go to the hospital for care.
Either way, our experts will check and confirm your leukemia type and subtype. We also look for features of your AML that matter in planning your personalized treatment.
Hematopathologists are lab experts who look at samples of your blood and bone marrow with a microscope. They can tell which subtype you have by carefully studying these tissues. At Fred Hutch and UW Medical Center, our hematopathologists are very experienced in identifying AML.