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Blood Cancers

Asplundh Cancer Pavilion


Hematologists at the Asplundh Cancer Pavilion are devoted to research into the causes of a wide variety of diseases of the blood and to the diagnosis and care of patients with blood and lymphatic diseases.

Our physicians have competence in all areas of hematology, with particularly well-recognized depth and experience in:

  • Diseases affecting blood platelets
  • Hemorrhagic (bleeding) and thrombotic (clotting) disorders
  • Hematologic malignancies (leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma)
  • Other bone marrow disorders

Our team of medical oncologists/hematologists, radiation oncologists and other specialists provides personalized treatment. These experts are highly experienced with the latest technological advancements and blood cancer therapies.

Anemia (Iron Deficiency)

Red blood cells provide oxygen to your body's tissues. When your body does not have enough healthy red blood cells, you can develop iron deficiency anemia. It can lead you to feel weak and tired, and look pale. There are many forms of anemia, and you should see your physician for a proper diagnosis as anemia can be a sign of a more serious illness.

Family Medicine physicians will conduct a thorough examination and order blood tests to diagnose your condition. Depending on the severity of your anemia, treatment options include:

  • A daily multivitamin with iron
  • A change in diet
  • An iron supplementation to provide enough iron in your body
  • A blood transfusion, if severe

If your care warrants input from specialists, the hematologists at the Asplundh Cancer Pavilion are devoted to research into the causes of a wide variety of diseases of the blood and to the diagnosis and care of patients with blood and lymphatic diseases.

The Commission on Cancer, American College of Surgeons, gave us its 2012 and 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award, one of only three Pennsylvania centers to receive that honor for cancer treatment excellence.

Diagnosing Blood Cancer

Precise diagnosis is vital for determining the best treatment. Blood cancer tests include: measurements of blood cell factors; CT, PET, Gallium and bone scans; lymph node and bone marrow biopsies. We also provide consultations (second opinions) for patients originally diagnosed elsewhere.

Expert Treatments for Leukemia, Lymphoma and Multiple Myeloma

Our specialists are highly experienced and individualize treatment for each patient. Chemotherapy is often the primary treatment for blood cancer because it works throughout the body. You may also receive targeted therapy and radiation therapy. Our blood cancer experts also coordinate care for patients who may receive stem cell transplantation or bone marrow transplantation.

We take part in clinical trials research on leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. This gives our patients opportunities to participate and benefit from innovative approaches before new developments are widely available.

Fertility Preservation

Before starting any cancer treatment, talk with your oncologist about whether the therapy could affect your fertility. Our reproductive endocrinologists help with fertility preservation before treatment or appropriate infertility treatment if cancer therapy has already been given.

Help Navigating Your Cancer Treatment

Whether you are newly diagnosed or in treatment, our cancer navigators provide help and support. The nurse navigator for blood cancers, Suzanne Rush, RN, BSN, OCN is available at 215-481-4815.

Honored for Cancer Expertise

The American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer awarded Abington's program the  Outstanding Achievement Award in 2012 and 2015, one of only eight programs nationwide to earn this award two survey cycles in a row.

CoC Outstanding Achievement Award 2012

CoC Outstanding Achievement Award 2015