Hematology & Oncology
Care for Blood-related Illness & Cancer
Hematology is the branch of medicine devoted to the study of blood. Two common blood disorders treated by hematologists include:
- Anemia (prolonged state of weakness)
- Hemophilia (bleeding that won't stop)
Oncology is the study of cancer, a class of diseases that causes uncontrolled growth of cells. Some cancers are benign, which means they don't invade or hurt other areas of the body. Some cancers are malignant, which means the tumor (mass of cells) destroys or invades other areas.
While these two specialties are separate, they commonly overlap. Specialists in each frequently work together to provide integrated care. For instance, bone marrow transplants are blood related, but may be used in treating some cancers. Also, some blood tests are used to identify some forms of cancer.
Your primary-care provider will refer you to a hematologist or oncologist if your condition requires this specialized care.
Treatment Services for Cancer & Blood Disorders
Infusion is a type of therapy or treatment given to patients who have cancer or certain types of blood disorders or other conditions. Special medications or nutrients are injected through a tube into the patient's body, a little at a time, to allow the body to absorb the fluid. The length of time it takes to receive the therapy varies. Depending on the kind of treatment, it may also need to be repeated every few days or weeks.
PeaceHealth Medical Group has a Center for Oncology and Infusion Services that provides the following services for patients with cancer, anemia or other blood disorders:
- Chemotherapy and related services
- Care of long-term central catheters
- Biological response modifiers
- Dressing changes
Your doctor will refer you for Oncology or Infusion therapy if you need this specialized treatment.
Hematology/Oncology & Infusion at PeaceHealth
PeaceHealth Medical Group and our Oncology Infusion Center offer a team of oncology/infusion-certified RNs, an experienced oncology/hematology services manager, and it is led by PeaceHealth Medical Group's cancer-care specialists:
Using the best medical information available, these physicians work closely with community doctors and the St. Joseph Cancer Center to create a plan of care specifically for each individual patient. These specialists also direct the administration of chemotherapy and other medications for patients with cancer and other blood disorders in our Oncology Infusion Center.
PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center
3301 Squalicum Parkway
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: (360) 788-8222
Hematology and Oncology services are provided at the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center. Adjacent to The Willows, the Cancer Center is just off of Levin Lane and behind the older Cancer Center location.