Hematology Services for Blood Disorders

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Blood disorders can cause symptoms like difficulty breathing or frequent infections that can slow you down. In some cases, life-threatening complications can occur. Nuvance Health® Cancer Institute offers more of the services you need, even for rare or complex cases. You have access to skilled blood disorder specialists (hematologists) who offer a broad range of tests and treatments

Hematology Services at Nuvance Health: Why Choose Us? 

The hematologists are board certified and fellowship-trained, enabling them to identify the source of your symptoms efficiently. This level of care also includes tailoring treatments to your unique needs. Hematologists are part of the Nuvance Health Cancer Institute. But having a blood disorder does not mean you have cancer, and typically does not raise your cancer risk. Highlights of our program include: 

  • Care for complex conditions
    You benefit from hematologists with experience in rare blood disorders and issues that do not respond to standard treatments. These issues require the specialized therapies and careful monitoring available at Nuvance Health. 
  • Easy access
    Some blood disorders cause symptoms that require prompt medical attention. We make it easy to access blood disorder care with same-day appointments when necessary. New patients typically see a hematologist within two business days. And a member of the team is available by phone at any time of the day or night.
  • Lifelong care
    Bleeding disorders often require regular follow-up visits, and you can count on us to be there for you. You receive ongoing services from a team that understands your medical needs and supports your long-term health.

What Are Blood Disorders?

Your blood contains platelets, white and red blood cells, and a liquid (plasma) enabling cells to travel throughout the body. Blood cells wear out over time. The body normally produces new cells to replace them. With blood disorders, the body might not discard worn-out cells or produce abnormal cells that don’t function properly.
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Types of Blood Disorders We Treat

Hematologists diagnose and treat a broad range of conditions, including:

  • Bleeding disorders: After a cut or scrape, proteins in the blood help a clot form to slow bleeding. If you have a bleeding disorder, issues with these proteins prevent clots from forming as quickly as they should.
  • Blood disorders in pregnancy: Pregnant women with no history of blood disorders may experience excessive bleeding or vitamin deficiencies. Pregnancy can also make existing blood disorders worse or require specialized care during delivery.
  • Clotting disorders: If blood clots too quickly, it raises the risk of a clot blocking an artery. If blood cannot reach the brain, you could experience a stroke, which is a life-threatening condition requiring emergency treatment.
  • Hemolytic anemias: Red blood cells don’t get replaced as quickly as they should.
  • Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP): Abnormally low levels of certain blood cells (platelets) affect the blood’s ability to clot.
  • Inherited blood disorders: Conditions due to abnormal gene changes (mutations) affecting blood cell development. Inherited blood disorders include sickle cell disease and thalassemia.

Blood Disorder Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Blood Disorder Symptoms 

    The symptoms you experience depend on your diagnosis and may include:

    • Bleeding that takes longer than expected to stop
    • Bruising that’s slow to heal
    • Fast heartbeat
    • Frequent fevers and infections
    • Shortness of breath or dizziness
    • Unusual tiredness (fatigue)
  • Diagnosing Blood Disorders

    Your care starts with a thorough evaluation. Hematologists listen as you describe your symptoms and medical history. The evaluation also includes taking a blood sample and examining it in a lab. Exceptional blood disorder care at Nuvance Health includes:

    • Running the appropriate lab tests: You have access to sophisticated lab tests that are not widely available. The team’s experience and careful attention during your evaluation help us determine which tests to run.
    • Accurately interpreting the results: We treat a high volume of blood disorders, including rare and complex issues, so you get the correct information.
  • Blood Disorder Treatments

    The blood disorder treatments that are appropriate for you depend on the diagnosis and its severity. Your care may include:

    • Intravenous (IV) infusion therapy: You may receive medications intravenously through a vein in your arm. You may receive steroids, antibiotics, iron or vitamins.
    • Cancer treatments: You may benefit from cancer treatments that destroy abnormal cells. Care may include cancer drugs (chemotherapy) or immunotherapy, which helps your immune system attack cancer cells. Read more about chemotherapy and other medical oncology.
    • Factor replacement therapy: This option delivers a fresh supply of proteins aimed at boosting your blood’s clotting ability. You may receive this treatment for uncontrolled bleeding and to prevent future bleeds.