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When might you need to see a hematologist?

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You'll most likely be referred to a hematologist by your primary care doctor. Reasons include if you have or might have:

  • Anemia, or low red blood cells
  • Deep vein thrombosis (blood clots)
  • Leukemia, lymphoma, or multiple myeloma (cancers in your bone marrow, lymph nodes, or white blood cells)
  • Sepsis, a dangerous reaction to an infection
  • Hemophilia, a genetic blood-clotting disorder
  • Sickle cell disease, which involves faulty red blood cells

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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