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Blood helps the body function properly. Hematology is the branch of medicine that treats cancerous and noncancerous conditions that affect the blood cells, platelets and bone marrow. You might need hematology services if you experience heavy bleeding or dizziness, or if you bruise easily.
Hematologists are doctors who specialize in treating blood disorders in children and adults. They often work with cancer specialists to treat cancers of the blood. PeaceHealth offers a full range of treatments to support your needs.
The specialists at PeaceHealth provide care close to home. With convenient locations, easy scheduling and specialties under one roof, you don’t have to go far to receive quality care. PeaceHealth also provides testing and diagnostics and advanced technologies to treat your condition. On-site infusion suites provide a safe and comfortable place for your treatment.
Hematology providers at PeaceHealth work with specialists from many areas to design a treatment plan for your needs. They’re part of the cancer care program [Link to Cancer Care page], and work closely with pathology [Link to Pathology page], home care services [Link to Home Care Services] and others, so you can benefit from a dedicated, integrated care team.
At PeaceHealth, your care team draws from many therapies to tailor treatment to your needs. The specialists at PeaceHealth, work together to give you comprehensive care.
This is a condition in which there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen. There are several types of anemia, including:
Bleeding and clotting disorders are caused when the blood isn’t able to clot normally. In the case of hemophilia, the blood lacks proteins that help it clot, which makes bleeding hard to stop. In thrombosis, blood will clot in veins.
Many blood cancers affect the body’s ability to produce blood cells. Some blood cancers include:
Several rare, often inherited diseases limit the body’s ability to produce blood cells in the bone marrow. These include:
Several blood disorders can be inherited. Sickle cell disease occurs when the red blood cells aren’t shaped normally and don’t function properly. Thalassemia results when blood cells don’t have proper hemoglobin or the protein that carries oxygen in the blood.
These types of cancer grow slowly and occur when the body produces abnormal blood cells that build up over time.
A platelet is a type of blood cell that’s important in clotting to stop bleeding. Thrombocytopenia and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) occur when there are not enough platelets in the blood. Thrombocytosis results when there are too many platelets in the blood.