People find out that they have blood cancer in a variety of ways. Many people go to their GP with symptoms and are sent for blood tests to get more information, before being sent to hospital for further tests. Others have a routine blood test for something else entirely, and the results lead to them being sent to see a specialist. Some people with acute blood cancers become very unwell very quickly and will have tests in hospital that show that they have blood cancer.
However you find out, the time around your diagnosis can feel very uncertain. The information in this section is designed to help you understand and feel reassured about the tests and processes involved with getting a diagnosis for blood cancer and monitoring you during and beyond treatment.
We also have detailed information on how different types of blood cancer are diagnosed, so if you're worried about – or have been diagnosed with – a certain type of blood cancer, select it from the menu to find more specific information about what to expect.
If you have any questions, or just need someone to talk to, you can call our Support Line freephone on 0808 2080 888 (Mon–Fri 10am–
> If you're going through the process of getting a diagnosis you might find our fact sheet What to expect from your appointments helpful.