Measurement Tools

Discover all of the different techniques and tools that might be used to assess response to treatment in blood cancers.

Clinical Exam


A physical is a typical part of most doctors’ appointments

and involves a doctor visually and physically assessing a patient’s body for signs of disease. Your doctor might employ poking or prodding methods to examine whether parts of your body sometimes affected by certain blood cancers (e.g., spleen, lymph nodes) are swollen or painful.

Medical History

A patient’s medical history is a comprehensive record of your health both before and after diagnosis with cancer. It can also include your family history (i.e., evidence suggesting a pattern of disease), list of medications (new and old), work history and daily habits (e.g., exercise routine and diet). A doctor will typically collect this at each appointment.

next steps

Find resources that can help you prepare to talk with your doctor about disease level testing and how it might play a part in your treatment plan.