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Is it leukemia or is it HIV??
Jun 2, 2001

A friend of mine went to see her GP after a rather extended illness, she was diagnosed with leukemia. When she went to her oncologist, would the oncologist run additional tests to confirm the GP's diagnosis, or, would he go with the findings of the GP? What i am asking is, would the oncologist be able to see that it wasnt leukemia, but rather, maybe HIV?

Response from Dr. Dezube

It is the responsibility of every oncologist to confirm the diagnosis of the referring physician. Sometimes this requires additional testing; sometimes it does not. In terms of leukemia, often the diagnosis is quite obvious. Sometimes, depending on the type of leukemia, specialized tests are necessary either on the blood or the bone marrow. It would be UNUSUAL for a doctor to mistake leukemia for HIV or vice versa. They do indeed present with different type of pictures, and the blood smears look quite different.


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