Oncology & Hematology

Hematology, the study of blood, and oncology, the study of cancer, focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of disorders and cancers that affect our blood.

Our blood consists of white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets and plasma, each helping give oxygen to organs and tissues, which acts as a defense against infections and stop bleeding. However, abnormalities in our blood system can also lead to blood cancers. That’s where hematology-oncology comes into play.

This type of medicine diagnoses and treats cancerous blood disorders and cancers, and manages symptoms of these diseases. Hematologists-oncologists treat:

  • Iron-deficiency anemia
  • Hemophilia
  • Sickle-cell disease
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Thalassemia
  • von Willebrand disease
  • Polycythemia vera
  • Clotting disorders

When to visit an Oncologist/Hematologist:

Although no two blood cancers are the same, each variation of the disease offers some warning signs that it might be time to consult with a hematology-oncology specialist. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever, chills, coughing or chest pain
  • High frequency of infectious illnesses
  • Itchy areas of the skin or a rash
  • Constant weakness, fatigue or night sweats
  • Difficulty catching your breath
  • Swollen yet painless lymph nodes in the groin, armpits or neck
  • Changes in appetite or recurring nausea

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, our hematologist-oncologist will conduct a variety of tests to determine the root cause of your symptoms.