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Benign Hematology/Blood Problems

Hematology Services at Minnesota Oncology

If you or loved one experiences a blood problem, turn to Minnesota Oncology’s Hematology Services team. You’ll benefit from knowledgeable, personalized care delivered by board-certified hematologists—doctors who specialize in treating and preventing blood diseases.

As the Twin Cities’ largest and most experienced hematology practice, we know that treating non-cancerous blood disorders calls for more than compassion. It means giving our patients access to leading blood disorder experts, evidence-based treatment paths, 11 close-to-home locations, and comprehensive services to support the whole person.

Our board-certified hematologists provide guidance and treatment for most common blood disorders such as anemia, bleeding disorders such as hemophilia, blood clots, and blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.

We are here to listen to you. Our goal is to offer timely and accessible quality care, close to home, and our experts are available for consultation, usually within 48 hours.

Diagnosis

If you are suspected of having a hematologic disorder, you will most likely require a blood test called a complete blood count (CBC). This test evaluates a small drop of blood and provides a count of the red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Your physicians may also perform other blood tests used to measure enzymes and proteins in the blood, evaluating the function of certain organs such as the thyroid and liver. Because blood develops from the stem cells found in bone marrow, sometimes a sample of bone marrow must be examined to determine why blood cells are abnormal or why there are too few or too many of any kind of blood cell. Bone marrow samples are usually taken from the hip bone using a needle, and the procedure usually takes about 30 minutes.

Treatments

A range of treatment options exist for non-cancerous blood disorders. Some types of anemia, for example, can be controlled through diet and nutrition. Other treatments include infusion therapy, dietary supplements, and medications.

Research

At Minnesota Oncology, we are dedicated to expanding the knowledge of non-cancerous blood disorders, and we are continually working to find better treatment options through clinical trials and other types of research. As part of US Oncology Research, we are able to participate in more clinical trials and provide important access to investigational drugs to people in our community.

Laboratory

Laboratory testing is a key component of detection, diagnosis and treatment of blood disorders. Our in-house laboratory provides quick results for many routine tests, including complete blood count (CBC), platelet count, and urinalysis, allowing our hematologists to diagnose your disease and prescribe the appropriate treatments as soon as possible.

Non-Cancerous Blood Disorders We Treat

As your local experts in hematology, we diagnose and treat many different types of non-cancerous blood disorders, including:

Anemia

  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Autoimmune hemolytic anemias
  • Fanconi anemia
  • Hemolytic Anemia
  • Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • Megaloblastic (Pernicious) Anemia
  • Hemoglobinopathies
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Vitamin deficiency anemia

Bleeding Disorders

  • Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation
  • Hemophilia
  • Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia
  • Management of complex clotting disorders
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Thrombophilia
  • Von Willebrand Disease

Platelet Disorders

  • Autoimmune Thrombocytopenia (AITP)
  • Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP)
  • Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and thrombosis (HITT)
  • Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP)
  • Thrombocytopenia (low platelet count)
  • Thrombocytosis

Myeloproliferative Disorder

  • Myelofibrosis
  • Polycythemia Vera
  • Thrombocythemia

White Blood Cell Disorders

  • Basophilic Disorders
  • Eosinophilic Disorders
  • Lymphocytic Leukocytosis
  • Lymphocytopenia
  • Monocyte Disorders
  • Neutropenia
  • Neutrophilic Leukocytosis
  • Large Granular Lymphocyte Disorders
  • Hypereosinophilic Syndrome
  • Systemic mastocytosis

Plasma Cell Disorders

  • Heavy Chain Diseases
  • Macroglobulinemia
  • Monoclonal Gammopathy of Unknown Significance (MGUS)
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Amyloidosis
  • POEMS Syndrome
  • Cryoglobulinemia
  • Waldenstroms Macroglobulinemia

Spleen Disorders

  • Splenomegaly

Rare Hematological Disorders

  • Amyloidosis
  • Castleman disease
  • Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria
  • Porphyrias

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