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We have extensive experience treating patients with all degrees of blood conditions, from those that do not require treatment to those that require long-term and complex treatment. Among the many distinguishing factors of the Center for Hematology is our location within Mass General, which allows for a seamless transition of care in the event that other services and/or specialists are needed. Roughly one-third of blood-related conditions are cancerous or pre-cancerous; if appropriate, these cases can be immediately referred to specialized hematological malignancy teams within the Cancer Center. Other cases, which are not cancer but which still require treatment, monitoring or both, are monitored by the Center for Hematology or referred to other care centers within the hospital.
Our program has also become renowned for its world-class expertise in the specialized care of the following hematological conditions:
An accurate diagnosis is crucial to developing a successful treatment plan. The hematopathologists at the Center for Hematology are world renowned for their sub-specialized expertise in the diagnosis of blood diseases. Our specialists have extensive experience identifying even the most rare disorders, and their second opinions are sought by physicians around the country. State-of-the art technology further enhances the capabilities of the pathology department, including:
In addition to our expert diagnostic, treatment and evaluation services, our program offers state-of-the-art drug and other therapies, including:
Our program evaluates and manages the full range of blood disorders. Each patient’s care is directed by a single hematologist supported by a multidisciplinary team of specialized physicians and nursing staff, as well as a full range of support services, including social workers and psychiatrists, and nutritionists. Since blood-related conditions are treated almost exclusively with medications and/or transfusion therapy, each patients care team will include:
See our multidisciplinary teams of hematologic oncologists
The Center for Hematology is a full service facility for all blood disorders, both non-cancerous and cancerous. Our program also offers follow-up and referral within Massachusetts General Hospital or all hematology conditions. These include:
There are many types of anemias that require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview.
Aplastic anemia occurs when the bone marrow produces too few red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, making the patient susceptible to infection and making it more difficult for blood to clot.
Hemochromatosis, also called iron overload disease, is one of the most common genetic disorder in the US.
Hemophilia is an inherited bleeding, or coagulation, disorder. Children with hemophilia lack the ability to stop bleeding because of the low levels, or complete absence, of specific proteins, called "factors," in their blood that are necessary for clotting.
Polycythemia vera is a rare blood disorder in which there is an increase in all blood cells, particularly red blood cells.
Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder characterized by defective hemoglobin (a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the tissues of the body).
Thrombosis occurs when clots obstruct veins (blood vessels that carry blood from the body back into the heart) or arteries (blood vessels that carry oxygenated blood away from the heart to the body).
Our program is committed to improving therapies for blood diseases. Learn more about Hematology Oncology research at the Cancer Center. With that goal in mind, our physicians and research scientists are involved in or leading numerous clinical trials for novel therapies for several disorders.
Find Clinical Trials for blood disorders. Find Targeted Therapy Trials for blood disorders.
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