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What is Hematology?Hematology is a medical specialty that focuses on diseases of the blood, bone marrow, and lymphatic system. Blood flows to every cell in our body and is extremely important to our survival. Problems with the production of blood cells or cancers that affect the blood can be very dangerous. Hematologists treat these and other diseases, such as:
- Anemia, a low level of red blood cells
- Low levels of white blood cells or platelets
- Bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia
- Clotting disorders, such as deep vein thrombosis
- Cancers of the blood, such as leukemia and lymphoma
What is Oncology?An oncologist is a physician who is concerned with the treatment of tumors and cancers. Cancer is when cells in the human body grow in an abnormal or out-of-control way. The goal of oncology is to cure a patient?s cancer, or, if the cancer is incurable, to control the cancer and reduce the symptoms for as long as possible. Oncologists have several roles in their interaction with patients. They diagnose cancer and determine what stage the cancer is in, or to what extent the cancer has grown. They explain the diagnosis and stage to the patient, and they recommend treatment and deliver care. During treatment, oncologists are responsible for maintaining quality of life for their patients by reducing pain and side effects from medications. There are three main types of oncologists:
- Medical Oncologists specialize in the use of medications, especially chemotherapy, to kill cancer cells. In some areas, the term ?medical oncologist? refers to the oncologist who is overall in charge of making decisions about a patient?s treatment.
- Surgical Oncologists specialize in surgical treatments for cancer, such as biopsies (where small tissue samples are taken and examined), or surgical removal of tumors and surrounding tissue.
- Radiation Oncologists specialize in the use of radiation (a kind of high powered x-ray) to kill cancer.
What is Multiple Myeloma?
Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer that forms in plasma cells, which are white blood cells in the bone marrow that help the body fight diseases. It typically occurs in the bone marrow of the ribs, spine, shoulders, and hips. As the malignant plasma cells multiply, they crowd out the normal cells and eventually reach the outer part of the bone, where they form a tumor. If only one tumor forms, the condition is called solitary plasmacytoma. If many tumors form, it is called multiple myeloma.
In its early stages, there are likely no visible symptoms, but the following issues often characterize the disease in later stages:
- Infections, which happen when there are not enough normal plasma cells to produce antibodies against viruses and bacteria.
- Low blood counts, which result when abnormal plasma cells far outnumber normal cells. Severely low blood counts for an extended period may cause anemia, a disorder in which the body isn’t able to produce enough red blood cells.
- Weak bones, which develop when the malignant cells cause other cells in the marrow to remove the solid part of the bone, creating soft spots called osteolytic lesions.
- Kidney issues, which may lead to kidney failure if not treated promptly.
Several treatments are available for this disease. As with many other types of cancer, high-dose chemotherapy and radiation therapy are frequently used. Bisphosphonates, which are medications to treat bone problems, may also be prescribed. Although no cure has been found, studies have reported that the prognosis for multiple myeloma has improved significantly over the past decade.