The Hematology Division at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota is an international leader in diagnosis and treatment of blood diseases, and in research to improve diagnosis and treatment options.
Physicians and scientists with special interests in certain diseases work together as a team, or disease-oriented group. Each member of the team lends a particular expertise.
Hematologists evaluate and treat patients with anemia; too many or too few white cells or platelets; enlarged lymph nodes or spleen; bleeding and clotting disorders; and malignancies (cancers) which affect the blood, including leukemias, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and myeloproliferative disorders.
Hematologists prescribe blood product administration and removal of excess blood components as needed for a variety of blood disorders. They also prescribe immunosuppressive and growth factor drugs and biological therapy for benign and malignant blood disorders. Stem cell and bone marrow transplantation are considered part of the specialty of Hematology.
Patients also may be eligible for enrollment in carefully designed clinical trials which offer access to potential improvements in treatment options.
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