Each year thousands of patients who have any of more than 200 kinds of cancer seek treatment at Mayo Clinic in Florida. Hematologists and oncologists in the Division of Hematology/Oncology work closely with physicians from virtually every specialty at Mayo in the care of patients with cancer.
Division staff also work within the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. The National Cancer Institute has designated the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center a comprehensive cancer center, one of the top tier of cancer centers in the United States for cancer research, patient treatment and education.
New drugs, immunologic and biological targeted therapies and gene therapies are studied within the division to determine their potential for preventing and treating cancers. This allows qualified patients to enroll in cutting-edge clinical cancer research studies and receive the most advanced treatments. Participating in Mayo Clinic's exceptional research programs enables patients to learn about their condition and helps them become active participants in their cancer care.
Hematologists evaluate and treat patients with malignant and nonmalignant conditions. Nonmalignant conditions include:
Malignant hematologic disorders include:
Division hematologists also provide blood-forming stem cell and bone marrow transplantation from autologous and allogeneic sources. Autologous means the patient is the donor. Donors in allogeneic transplants might be relatives or perhaps someone who is not related to the patient. Hematologists also assess the need for administration of blood products and the removal of excess blood components as needed for a variety of hematological (blood) disorders.
The Division of Hematology/Oncology includes more than 20 physicians and allied health professionals. Members of the division work closely with colleagues in the departments of Radiation Oncology, Surgery, Radiology and Pathology to provide each patient with accurate diagnosis, treatment and individualized care, using one or more types of cancer-killing therapies. They also collaborate with physicians and allied health professionals in related medical specialties to ensure that cancer patients and their families have access to total care for their physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs. Related medical specialties include:
Innovative and advanced cancer care is available at Mayo Clinic through state-of-the-art facilities and experienced staff. Patients and their families can learn more about cancer and find information about local resources in the William and Nancy Juhn Cancer Education Room on the 8th floor of the Davis Building.
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Mayo Clinic's Cancer Education Center offers education and support for cancer patients and their families and friends.