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What tests and procedures do hematologists do?

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Hematologists can diagnose and treat blood-related disorders, including:

  • Complete blood count. This common test checks the levels and profiles of the cells in your blood.
  • Prothrombin time. This and a similar test called partial thromboplastin time look for bleeding or clotting disorders.
  • Blood transfusion. It replaces blood you've lost in surgery, an accident, or an illness.
  • Chemotherapy. This cancer treatment is given by a specialist called a hematologist-oncologist.
  • Bone marrow transplant. Also called a stem cell transplant, it replaces diseased stem cells from the spongy center of your bone with healthy cells from other parts of your body or from a donor.
  • Ablation therapy. Your hematologist uses heat, cold, a laser, or chemicals to destroy damaged tissue.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “What is Cancer Immunotherapy?”

American College of Physicians: “Hematology.”

American Medical Association: “Hematology.”

American Society of Hematologists: “Talking with Your Doctor.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hematology,” “Diseases and Conditions,” “Tests and Procedures.”

National Cancer Institute: “NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms: Bone Marrow.”

UpToDate: “What’s New in Hematology?”

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: “Complete Blood Count (CBC).”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 29, 2019

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “What is Cancer Immunotherapy?”

American College of Physicians: “Hematology.”

American Medical Association: “Hematology.”

American Society of Hematologists: “Talking with Your Doctor.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hematology,” “Diseases and Conditions,” “Tests and Procedures.”

National Cancer Institute: “NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms: Bone Marrow.”

UpToDate: “What’s New in Hematology?”

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: “Complete Blood Count (CBC).”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 29, 2019

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