How soon after a bone marrow biopsy can the diagnosis of Leukemia be made? [obviously if positive]?
Depends on where it was done at. If they are done in a major hospital, with an onsite lab that is staffed 24/7, they will know within 24-48 hours. If it was done in a doc's office and needs to be sent out for testing, it could take up to a week.
If you are waiting on results, ask your doctor when they expect to get the results back, and when you should call if you have no heard from them.
As soon as the sample is looked at under a microscope . . in general terms . . it could be immediately or it could take a few days depending on how busy the lab or hospital is . . there may be other factors to consider as well such as the exact type of Leukemia which may end up putting a few more days onto the wait. If it is cancer than the doctor gets back to you sooner rather than later . . so no news is generally 'good news'.
You can read more about testing biopsy and cytology specimens at ACS:
My son was diagnosed immediately with cancer but it took a week for the exact type to be known because samples were sent to two different labs. Doctors wanted to know the exact type of sarcoma. He started treatment before we actually knew the type but they had already guessed what it might be and treatment wouldn't have been any different. That is unusual as it is best to know what type of cancer you are dealing with before starting treatments.
Leukemia — Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, risk factors, treatment of this blood-related cancer.
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