Ask the Doctor Question:
I was diagnosed with CLL in 2001 and am one of the lucky ones who is treatment‑naive. I have decided to get a Covid-19 antibody test, with the understanding that the results do not give the whole to picture of my risk should I get the virus.
I read an article on this website by a doctor in the UK who advises that we get the antibody test, though I can’t find the article now. The article says that there are two types of antibody tests. Which is the correct test to ask for?
Answer: Yes, absolutely. We believe all CLL patients should know their COVID-19 vaccine antibody status. The test you are referring to is called the “Spike antibody” test, not the “nucleocapsid antibody” test (which just tests to see if you have had COVID-19 before.