Hematology is the study of the blood — white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets and plasma — which deliver oxygen to our organs and tissues, provide defense against infections and form clots to prevent bleeding. Abnormalities in the blood may sometimes lead to cancers. Hematology-oncology is the medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancerous blood disorders, which may include:
- Hodgkin lymphoma
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Multiple myeloma
- Iron deficiency anemia
- Sickle cell disease
- von Willebrand disease
- Polycythemia vera
- Clotting disorders
Blood cancers vary widely in their symptoms and warning signs, but can often include:
- Fever, chills, constant fatigue or night sweats
- Coughing, chest pain or difficulty breathing
- High frequency of infectious illnesses
- Itchy skin or a rash
- Swollen lymph nodes in the groin, armpits or neck
- Recurring nausea or changes in appetite
The Edwards Cancer Center offers expert care for cancers of the blood. Our board certified physicians and staff can conduct a variety of appropriate tests, including blood screens, bone marrow exams and diagnostic imaging to determine the source of any symptoms, and whether they are related to possible cancers.
Stem cell transplants, chemotherapy and radiation therapy are all common treatments for blood cancers. Other medical specialists, including surgeons, oncologists, radiologists and pathologists, are part of the broader team that make Edwards Cancer Center a comprehensive cancer treatment facility.
If you are experiencing any symptoms associated with blood abnormalities, consult with your primary care physician or contact us.