Blood cancers, also known as hematological malignancies, are cancers that originate in the bone marrow or lymphatic tissues and interfere with the body's production of healthy blood cells. The main types of blood cancers are:
- Leukemia - Acute & Chronic Lymphocytic, Acute & Chronic Myelogenous and other forms
- Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas
- Myelodysplastic Syndromes
The symptoms of blood cancer are similar to many other medical conditions, so it is important that you visit your primary care provider if you are feeling a general loss of well-being or any of the following problems:
- persistent low-grade fever
- unexplained weight loss
- tiredness or shortness of breath
- achiness in bones or joints
- swollen lymph nodes
- bruises with no clear causes
- slow healing of cuts
- skin rashes or repeated skin infections
Your doctor may order a blood test to determine the cause of these symptoms. A higher or lower than normal blood count level may indicate any number of conditions. Further tests, such as x-rays, urine analysis, bone marrow aspiration and biopsies, or lymph node biopsies, may be ordered to determine a full diagnosis.
(Source: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society)
The primary form of treatment for blood cancers is drug therapy, although treatment plans for some types of blood cancers may include radiation therapy.
Our professional team of medical oncologists and nurses at our oncology and hematology medical group practice provide the latest in chemotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy, and biological therapy.
Learn more about our Medical Oncology and Hematology services at Mountainview Medical.
The National Life Cancer Treatment Center at UVMHN-CVMC has state-of-the-art radiation therapy technology, along with a team of highly skilled and caring professionals.
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For more information about blood cancers, go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) website at: www.leukemia-lymphoma.org