Hematology and Blood Disorders

Hematology and Oncology Specialists located in East Lansing and Charlotte, MI

Hematology and Blood Disorders services offered in East Lansing and Charlotte, MI

Millions of Americans carry inherited genes that cause blood disorders; many others end up with blood problems due to health conditions they develop. When you need skilled care for hematology and blood disorders, you can depend on the experienced team of Carol Rapson, MD, and Anthony Brandau, DO, at Red Cedar Oncology. No matter what causes your blood condition or what type of disorder you have, they specialize in providing individualized treatment that fits your unique needs. To schedule an appointment, call the office in East Lansing or Charlotte, Michigan, or book online today.

Hematology and Blood Disorders Q & A

What is hematology?

Hematology is the medical field specializing in blood disorders. This field encompasses all the problems affecting your blood, bone marrow (where your body produces blood cells), and lymphatic system.

 

What blood disorders do hematologists treat?

Some blood disorders increase blood cells, while others decrease the cell count. Problems in your blood may also affect proteins with roles ranging from fighting infections to carrying oxygen.

A few examples of blood disorders include:

Hematologic cancers

Cancers associated with your blood include:

  • Leukemia (blood cell cancer that usually starts in bone marrow)
  • Lymphoma (cancer affecting white blood cells in the lymph system)
  • Multiple myeloma (cancer of plasma cells that produce infection-fighting antibodies)

Lymphoma is the most common blood cancer in adults.

 

Anemia

If you have anemia, you don't have enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen.

 

Sickle cell disease

This group of inherited disorders causes misshapen red blood cells that break down and die.

 

Thalassemia

Thalassemia is an inherited blood disorder that results in less hemoglobin (the part of red blood cells that carries oxygen).

 

Thrombophilia (hypercoagulable state)

Thrombophilia makes your blood clot when it shouldn't, causing dangerous blood vessel blockages.

 

Bleeding disorders

Bleeding disorders include a group of conditions that prevent your blood from clotting, putting you at risk of excessive bleeding.

 

Thrombocytopenia

Thrombocytopenia occurs when you have a low platelet count. Platelets circulate in your blood, where they have two essential roles: they help blood clot and initiate the healing process.

 

What symptoms indicate a hematology or blood disorder problem?

Blood disorders have a widespread effect on your body. As a result, you can end up with many possible symptoms. A few of the most common include:

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Recurrent infections
  • Recurrent fevers
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Easy bruising
  • Headaches
  • Pale skin
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Excessive bleeding may cause bleeding into your muscles and joints, unexplained nosebleeds, heavy menstrual periods, and prolonged bleeding after a minor cut.

 

How do hematologists treat blood disorders?

Your treatment depends on the underlying blood disorder. Your Red Cedar Oncology provider reviews your medical history and symptoms and runs blood work to diagnose the problem.

Treatments range from iron supplements and medicines to a blood transfusion or bone marrow transplant. Your provider treats blood cancers with chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and targeted therapy.

If you need expert care for a blood disorder, call Red Cedar Oncology or book an appointment online today.