Benign Hematology Services in Connecticut, Maryland, and New Jersey

Regional Cancer Care Associates treats patients with a number of blood disorders unrelated to cancer. These conditions include anemia, clotting disorders, and bleeding disorders. We pride ourselves on our ability to offer state-of-the-art services in community-based care centers, and taking a personalized approach to patient care. With convenient locations in New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and the Washington, DC area, Regional Cancer Care Associates patients are able to receive the hematology care they need in a care center close to home.

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Overview of Benign Blood Disorders

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Hematology covers a wide range of blood disorders, including both benign (non-cancerous) and cancerous conditions.  The symptoms of benign hematologic conditions depend on several factors, such as platelet count and iron absorption. Common symptoms of a blood disorder may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Abnormal clotting
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Unexplained bruising or nosebleeds

Some benign blood conditions can be managed through lifestyle changes and medication. Some may only need treatment during pregnancy, while others are inherited and require ongoing care. Our comprehensive diagnostic testing services help our physicians determine the best course of treatment for each patient.

Benign Blood Disorders Treated by Our Team

At Regional Cancer Care Associates, our benign hematology services cover a wide range of disorders. Common blood disorders that we treat at each of our locations include the following:

 

Anemia

Anemia is characterized by a low red blood count and is often accompanied by fatigue. The condition can stem from several issues, but common causes include iron deficiency and chronic disease.

Hemolytic anemia, a more complex form of the condition, is marked by the breakdown of red blood cells. These types of anemia may be inherited or acquired. Common conditions include:

  • Sickle cell disease
  • Thalassemia
  • Drug-induced hemolytic anemiapyruvate kinase deficiency (PKD)
  • Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency
  • Autoimmunehemolytic anemia (AIHA)
  • Pregnancy-associated HELLP syndrome

Blood Clotting Disorders

Usually triggered by an injury, blood clotting is the body’s natural defense against excessive bleeding. Clots form when proteins and particles in the blood (platelets) adhere together. However, certain conditions may exacerbate this natural process. Disorders include:

  • Phlebitis/deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism
  • Thrombophilia
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS)

Bleeding disorders that inhibit clotting can cause excessive bleeding after injury or surgery. These conditions may be present from birth or develop at a later stage in life. Conditions include:

  • Von Willebrand disease
  • Hemophilia
  • Clotting factor deficiencies

Thrombocytosis and Thrombocytopenia

Abnormal platelet function can cause issues with blood clotting, bruising, and bleeding. Thrombocytosis is a blood disorder in which the body produces platelets in excess, while thrombocytopenia occurs when the body produces low amounts of platelets. Related conditions include:

  • Bernard-Soulier Syndrome
  • Immune thrombocytopenia
  • Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura 
  • Drug-induced thrombocytopenia
  • Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH)
  • MYH9-macrothrombocytopenia disorders

Hemochromatosis

Often hereditary, this condition causes the body to absorb too much iron from food. Because iron is stored in the organs, too much of this mineral can lead to complications.

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Schedule an Appointment at Regional Cancer Care Associates

If you need near-term or ongoing care for anemia or another benign blood disorder, schedule an appointment at Regional Cancer Care Associates. Patients have access to a full range of services acrossNew Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland, and the Washington, DC area, making it easy to find a location convenient for you. Contact us today to learn more about our benign hematology services.

 

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