Blood is obviously an essential part of the human body. As such, it requires its own branch of medicine to study and understand it. This is called hematology. Cancer is the uncontrolled proliferation of cells, and even though hematology is a distinct subtype of medicine, it often overlaps with oncology, which is the study of cancer. Because of this, many oncologists, or cancer doctors, also are board-certified hematologists.
Three types of hematologic cancers, or cancers of the blood, include leukemia (bone marrow and blood), lymphoma (lymphatic system) and myeloma (plasma cells). Depending on your diagnosis, your physician will offer different courses of treatment.
There are multiple types of leukemia, and your age and which type you’ve been diagnosed with will determine the proper course of treatment. Because the treatments vary, it’s important to be informed about your specific type of leukemia.
Lymphoma treatments use radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of both to fight the disease. In other cases, stem cell transplantation may be recommended.
Myeloma treatment depends on how advanced the disease is. Like lymphoma, you may receive radiation therapy, chemotherapy or a combination of the two. Stem cell transplantation can play a role in myeloma treatment, too.
Because of the variety of options, Longstreet Cancer Center’s goal is to provide the patient with as much access to care as possible in one convenient location. Our onsite pharmacy makes it simple to acquire specific drugs quickly, and our onsite lab will ensure reliable results in an accurate and efficient manner. This matters to us because we understand that following your course of treatment, blood tests are required to monitor your progress.
Our staff understands that this is a complicated and trying time for you and your loved ones. A cancer diagnosis is often stressful, and our goal is to help you meet that challenge with as much knowledge and confidence possible. We accomplish this by keeping wait times within our office to a minimum and providing access to a physician 24 hours a day.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with a hematologist at Longstreet Clinic Cancer Center in Gainesville, Braselton or Toccoa, please call 770-297-5700 or toll free at 866-833-9029.