Hematology/blood disorders at Southlake Clinic
Southlake Clinic's hematology group includes oncologists and other specialists dedicated to the management of leukemia and other diseases tied directly to the human blood system.
Hematology is the subspecialty of internal medicine concerned with disorders of the blood, bone marrow and lymphatic systems. These include anemias, disorders of white blood cells or platelets, aplastic anemia and other bone marrow failures, abnormal clotting and bleeding, Hodgkin's disease and blood malignancies such as leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, hairy cell leukemia and related problems.
What hematologists do
As internists, hematologists are called in for cases of suspected blood disorders when the diagnosis is unclear or specialized medical care is needed. They coordinate total patient care, working, where needed, with surgeons, radiation therapists, gynecologists or other specialists. They sometimes offer patients an opportunity to participate in clinical research that might result in more effective methods of treatment.
When you need a hematologist
Not everyone with a blood problem needs a hematologist. Many blood disorders are diagnosed and managed by general internists. When special knowledge in diagnosis and treatment is required, the skills of a hematologist are called upon. Treatments may include therapeutic phlebotomy, bone marrow aspiration, core bone marrow biopsy and chemotherapy or other special therapy.
How hematologists work with other physicians
In most cases, you will still need a general internist or other primary-care physician for non-hematology-related medical care, although some hematologists maintain a general internal medicine practice as well as their subspecialty.
If you have been referred by a primary-care physician to a hematologist, in most cases you will go back to the primary-care physician for follow-up care. If you require continuing care for hematology-related conditions, your primary-care physician and your hematologist, working together, will recommend which physician you should see.
Oncology at Southlake Clinic
Southlake Clinic's oncologists work to provide best-in-class care and treatment for patients with cancer. Oncologists and hematologists work together to ensure a comprehensive approach to treatment for each patient.
Medical oncology is the subspecialty of internal medicine that focuses on treating cancer. There are two other types of clinical oncologists: surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists. In most cases, when a person is diagnosed with cancer, one of these oncologists takes charge of the patient's overall care through all phases of the disease. Some medical oncologists also further specialize in specific types of cancer, such as breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, leukemia or lymphoma.
What oncologists do
Oncologists care for patients from the moment of diagnosis through the course of the disease. They explain the diagnosis and meaning of the disease stage, discuss various treatment options, recommend the best course of treatment, deliver optimal care and improve quality of life — through curative therapy and palliative care with pain and symptom management.
Tell your family history
Be sure to tell an oncologist your complete and accurate family medical history. As many as 15 percent of cancers are caused by genes passed directly from a parent to a child. Family medical information is critically important in managing patient care.
Working as a team
Once diagnosed, cancer is often treated by a team of oncologists, usually at least two of the three types: medical, surgical or radiation oncologists. The team may also include a pathologist, a diagnostic radiologist and an oncology nurse.
This team approach combines the unique skills of several different disciplines into one consulting group. This is an advantage, since cancer treatment frequently involves a combination of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation.
In new or difficult cases of cancer, a tumor board will be called upon to review the case. Consisting of medical experts from all relevant disciplines, tumor boards consult on the best course of treatment for an individual patient.
Southlake Clinic's hematology and oncology group works hand-in-hand to provide world-class care and treatment to cancer patients. We're located in Renton, WA. For a comprehensive approach to cancer treatment, call Southlake Clinic at (425) 656-5570 or fill out our online Request an Appointment form to schedule your consultation with us.