Benign Blood Disorders

Benign Blood Disorders

Members of Our Team

Neil Belman, DO 
St. Luke's Hematology Oncology Specialists

Yacoub Faroun, MD 
St. Luke's Hematology Oncology Specialists

Subhash Proothi, MD 
St. Luke's Hematology Oncology Specialists

Hikaru Nakajima, MD 
St. Luke's Hematology Oncology Specialists

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

Causes, Symptoms & Risk Factors

  • Fatigue, pale skin, shortness of breath can result from severe anemia
  • Fever, chills, organ damage
  • Blood clots
  • Enlarged spleen
  • Kidney disease

Treatments, Procedures & Treatments

  • Physical examination
  • Evaluation of medical history
  • Blood tests
  • Drug therapies
  • Transfusions
  • Stimulating agents that increase blood cell production
    • Erythropoietin for red cells
    • Granulocyte growth factor for white cells
    • TPO mimetics for platelets
  • Advanced agents for blood clots/deep vein thrombosis that may not require routine monitoring
  • Bone marrow transplants