Hematology / Medical Oncology
Hematologists are doctors who specialize in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of blood diseases (hematology) and cancer (oncology). Hematologists are Internal Medicine doctors who completed years of extra training to diagnose blood diseases. Most Hematologists see patients in the clinic.
Oncologists are specialized doctors who specialize in the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of cancer. Oncologists are Internal Medicine doctors who completed years of extra training to provide cancer treatments.
People see hematologists-medical oncologists for a variety of reasons. The most common reasons to see a medical oncologist specializing in malignant (cancerous) hematology include leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. The most common reasons to see a hematologist specializing in benign (non-cancerous) hematology are blood disorders which include: Anemia, benign monoclonal gammopathy, coagulopathies, erythrocytosis, leukocytosis, lymphohistocytic disorders, pancytopmenia, sickle cell disease, thrombotosis, thrombocytopenia and von Willebrand disease.
When your primary care physician diagnoses a specific cancer or hematological disease, you will be referred to a physician that specializes in the cancer or benign hematology condition to be treated.
Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplantation matched stem cells from another person (related or non related) donor.
Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation stem cells are taken from the blood of the patient prior to chemotherapy or radiation treatment and replaced after treatment.
Biotherapy therapy treatment to encourage the patients immune (defense) system to fight infection and disease.
Chemotherapy therapy treatment using drugs to kill bacteria, viruses, fungi, and cancer cells.