What is it?
Not all blood disorders are cancer. St. Luke's board-certified medical oncologists / hematologists treat the full spectrum of both benign and malignant blood diseases.
The most common benign blood disease is anemia (decreased red blood cells). Although low iron is the most common reason for anemia, the condition is not always the result of an iron deficiency. Anemia can be caused by many things including a reaction to certain medications, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, a serious underlying medical condition or an autoimmune disorder.
Any blood abnormality that does not seem straightforward should be evaluated. There have been significant advances in the care and treatment of benign blood conditions, including:
- Anemia (decreased red blood cells)
- Coagulation and thrombosis disorders (when the blood does not clot properly)
- White blood cell disorders such as neutropenia (too few bacteria-fighting white blood cells) and neutrophilia (too many bacteria-fighting white blood cells)
- Plasma cell and antibody production disorders
- Platelet disorders
- Bone marrow failure diseases