Thompson Oncology Group’s (TOG) team of fellowship-trained Medical Oncologists/Hematologists treats patients with a variety of hematological conditions. Patients can be referred to our office by their primary care or other medical care providers. To request an appointment with one of our Hematologists, request a referral from your doctor or call our Patient Access department. Healthcare providers can click HERE to refer a patient.
What is Hematology?
Hematology is the medical specialty focused on the diagnosis and management of disorders of the blood and bone marrow. Hematologists are specialists who treat a wide spectrum of these benign and malignant (cancerous) blood conditions. Some medical oncologists are also hematologists and have additional training as well as board certifications in both fields.
Hematology can focus on problems with specific components of blood, such as the red or white blood cells, platelets, or special proteins that help regulate blood flow or clotting. Hematologists can also address or manage issues with bone marrow, the spleen, or lymph nodes. Some of these conditions can be inherited or they can be acquired as a normal part of aging. Other times, a hematological problem can be a symptom, secondary to some other illness, or the result of a different systemic or organ disorder or condition.
Hematology disorders are diagnosed using laboratory testing and the patient’s medical history. It is may also be necessary to obtain a biopsy or other specialized tests to confirm the origin and extent of the problem.
Common Hematology Conditions Include:
- Anemia/Erythrocytosis (low/high hemoglobin, respectively)
- Bleeding disorders
- Clotting disorders of the blood
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Leukopenia/Leukocytosis (low/high white blood cell count, respectively)
- Myelodysplastic diseases
- Myeloproliferative disorders
- Sickle-cell disease and thalassemia
- Thrombocytopenia/Thrombocytosis (low/high platelet count, respectively)