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Full-time hematologists practice among the specialists at Methodist Academic Medicine Associates. Hematologists have expertise in blood disorders; there are very few such physicians in the community (and around the nation) trained and practicing in this field. Most patients with blood disorders are cared for by hematologist/oncologists who primarily treat cancer patients with so-called "solid" tumors. In fact, patients with blood disorders are frequently referred to the hematologists at Methodist by other practicing hematologist/oncologists or medical oncologists, particularly when the blood problems are rare or difficult to treat.
Our hematologists treat blood cancers (acute and chronic leukemias, lymphomas, multiple myeloma, myeloproliferative disorders), yet the majority of their patients have benign blood disorders. These include:
- Bleeding and Clotting Disorders
- White Blood Cell Disorders
Bleeding and clotting disorders occur when abnormalities in platelets (the cellular agents that help blood to clot) or defects in blood vessels occur. Additional illnesses associated with excessive bleeding, such as hemophilia, are the result of an impaired coagulation (blood clotting) from abnormal proteins (factors) in the circulation. Disorders that cause excessive clotting, or thrombosis, may result from obstructed veins or arteries or underlying biochemical abnormalities in the blood.
Anemia, which is a common blood disorder, affects people who do not have enough red blood cells to carry a healthy level of oxygen from the lungs to other vital organs through the blood. There are many different variations of anemia, but they are often manageable with medical intervention.
Methodist Academic Medicine Associates has specialists in these and other blood disorders, backed by the most current research in the area. To learn more about your condition, visit our health library.