How are benign blood disorders treated?
Treatment depends on the blood disorder and your condition. Your care team at Miami Cancer Institute will treat your blood disorder carefully so it works well with your cancer therapy and avoids disrupting your care plan.
Treatment options include:
- Blood transfusions. Red blood cells can be injected into your bloodstream to treat severe anemia. Blood platelets, clotting factors or plasma can be used to treat a bleeding disorder.
- Diet. Your doctor could suggest that you eat more foods with iron or folic acid to treat anemia.
- Medication. Your care team may prescribe anticoagulants (blood thinners) or thrombolytics (clot busters) to treat blood clots.
- Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement. IVC filter placement is a minimally invasive treatment for a blood clot in the leg. The filter is placed into the IVC (a large vein that returns blood to the heart from the leg) and keeps the clot from traveling to the heart and lungs.
- Surgery. A blood clot can be removed quickly through surgery if it’s life-threatening or other treatments don’t work.
Miami Cancer Institute offers some of the most effective hematologic oncology treatment options:
A multidisciplinary team of cancer experts including surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, plastic reconstructive surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, genetic counselors, medical geneticists, social workers, patient navigators and clinical trials staff meet weekly to discuss select complex cases and determine the best course of care. Stem cell transplantation experts and hematologic oncology experts are also available to discuss complex cases.
Miami Cancer Institute can provide access to clinical trials not widely available elsewhere. Clinical trials find new ways to treat and diagnose cancer and are ongoing. If an appropriate trial is available, we will talk to you about the benefits and risks.
Patient Support Services
Taking care of the whole patient is an important component of providing personalized cancer care. Integrated into the fabric of the Miami Cancer Institute, the Cancer Patient Support Center addresses the psychological, physical, social and spiritual needs of our patients during cancer treatment and beyond.