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Advanced level course: This is aimed at nurses working at CNS or aspiring to work at CNS level. 

The diagnosis of leukaemia can begin with a patient presenting with non-specific symptoms that are consequences of pancytopenia. However, many types of leukaemia show no obvious symptoms early in disease and may be diagnosed incidentally during a physical examination or as a result of a routine blood test. Suspicion of either ALL or AML constitutes a medical emergency: assessment and a management plan should be instituted promptly.

In general, the diagnostic work-up for leukaemia includes:

  • history and physical examination
  • blood tests
  • bone marrow aspiration and biopsy
  • integrated review of flow cytometric, genetic and morphological results.

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This course was commissioned by Leukaemia Care and was written by Karger publishing.

For each course, we have produced a workbook that you can download and keep. The pass mark for this course is 70%.

To help you complete your course, we have produced the course documents as a PDF which you can download and keep.

Completion of this course will take approximately 1 hour and the certificates provided can be used towards your revalidation.

For any queries about the content of this course, including references, please email communications@leukaemiacare.org.uk

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