Premier Hematology & Oncology – Florida Hospital Orlando

March 28, 2011 by  
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What is Hematology?

Hematology is the medical specialty that involves the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the blood. Doctors of Hematology treat various blood diseases ranging from anemia, blood clotting disorders or other disorders of the blood or blood-forming organs. In fact, a hematologist will often diagnose and treat cancers of the blood, such as leukemia and lymphoma. Hematology is separate from but overlapping with the subspecialty of medical oncology. This is why hematology and oncology are mentioned together. Doctors of Hematology and Oncology have completed a specialized residency program after finishing medical school and a residency in internal medicine.

How hematology and primary care doctors differ

Beyond ordering a hematology panel and perhaps reading hematology results, your general doctor will not practice much hematology. While your primary care physician is excellent for most illnesses that you are likely to encounter, he will likely refer you to a hematologist if your hematology results are abnormal. Because doctors of hematology complete extensive additional training, they are the premier hematology specialists. In central Florida, many of the hematology referrals that are made come to the specialists at Premier Hematology & Oncology.

Why you might need a doctor of hematology?

Most often, your doctor will be the one to make a referral to a hematologist for a full or specialized hematology panel and workup. Some patients visit a hematologist directly, however. Patients that have been previously been diagnosed with anemia, blood clotting disorders or other disorders of the blood or blood-forming organs may want to contact a hematologist directly for treatment and follow up.  These diseases can be challenging to and treat, a premier hematology provider can offer answers where others have failed.

If you need a hematologist

Before your hematology appointment, it is helpful to understand your hematology results so that you can have an informed discussion. For example, RBC stands for red blood cells, which are the cells that carry oxygen. If this value is low, it could indicate anemia. WBC, on the other hand, stands for white blood cells. White blood cells are the immune system cells that attack infections in the body. This number goes up in infection, but abnormalities could mean a number of different things. The third component of a hematology panel (CBC) is platelet number. Platelets help the blood form clots. If platelets are too low, it could mean that the blood will not clot as effectively.

If you are in Central Florida and want to speak with a hematology or oncology provider, contact Premier Hematology & Oncology.

Premier Hematology Doctors

Premier Hematology & Oncology
400 Celebration Place, Suite A270
Celebration, Florida 34747
Phone: (407) 303-4078
Fax: (407) 303-4083

Florida Hospital Cancer Institute of Kissimmee
1300 West Oak Street
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Fax: 407-944-5251

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