Explore Bone Marrow Tests
Your doctor may recommend bone marrow tests if he or she thinks you have a blood or bone marrow disease or condition, such as:
Your doctor also may recommend bone marrow tests if you have another type of cancer. Examples include breast cancer that has spread to the bone or Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (cancers of a certain type of white blood cell).
Bone marrow tests help show what stage the cancer is in. That is, the tests help doctors know how serious the cancer is and how much it has spread in the body.
Bone marrow tests also can show what's causing a fever. Doctors may recommend the tests for people who have diseases that affect the immune system. The tests also are used for patients who may have uncommon bacterial infections.
Clinical trials are research studies that explore whether a medical strategy, treatment, or device is safe and effective for humans. To find clinical trials that are currently underway for Bone Marrow Tests, visit www.clinicaltrials.gov.
September 2, 2014
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