Hematologic Cancer Program
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Welcome to the Hematologic Cancer Program at BMC. Our team of hematology experts treat all forms of blood cancer and related cancers, such as cancer in your bone marrow cancer and lymphatic system.
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Conditions We Treat
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is cancer of the white blood cells that fight infection (lymphoblasts), but red blood cells and platelets may also become cancerous.
Leukemia is cancer of the blood cells and as the cancer grows, healthy blood cells are crowded out. The type of leukemia varies, depending on the type of blood cell that has become cancerous. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is cancer of the white blood cells that fight infection (lymphoblasts), but red blood cells and platelets may also become cancerous.
The body’s lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other undesirable materials. Hodgkin’s lymphoma is caused by abnormally-growing cells in the lymphatic system that may spread elsewhere in the body.
Lymphoma starts in the lymph cells that are part of the body’s immune system. There are several different types of lymphoma. Hodgkin’s disease, also called Hodgkin’s lymphoma, starts in white blood cells called lymphocytes. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), is more common. Lymphoma of the skin starts only in the skin, not in any other organs or tissues. Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia (WM), is another type of non-Hodgkin;s lymphoma in which the cancer cells make large amounts of an abnormal protein.
A cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell (plasma cells) that helps the body fight infections by making antibodies that recognize and attack germs, multiple myeloma causes cancer cells to accumulate in bone marrow, crowding out healthy cells. Instead of producing helpful antibodies, the cancer cells produce abnormal proteins that can lead to kidney problems.
Myelodysplastic syndromes are cancers where the blood cells in the bone marrow do not mature properly. These immature blood cells do not work correctly and often die before they should. This can lead to a shortage of one or more types of blood cells, including red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
Mark Sloan, MD