Northwest Oncology & Hematology

Rolling Meadows Office: 847.870.4100
Elk Grove Village Office: 847.437.3312
Hoffman Estates Office: 847.885.4100
Barrington Office: 847.842.0180
Elgin Office: 847.577.1023

Many types of blood cancer

Leukemias, lymphomas and myelomas are among the most common blood cancer malignancies. But there are many others. This group includes cancers of the bone marrow, the blood itself and the lymphatic system, which includes lymph nodes, lymphatic vessels, lymphoid tissue of the digestive tract, tonsils, thymus gland and spleen. Leukemia and myeloma start in the bone marrow. Lymphoma starts in the lymphatic system. These are the two most common types of blood cancer.

Several immunotherapies are now used to treat these blood cell cancers, and many more are being studied. Blood cancer treatments have undergone substantial improvements in recent years, resulting in increased remission and survival rates. Remission means that there is no longer any sign of cancer in the patient. Today in the United States, almost 1 million people are alive with, or in remission from, blood cancer.

The specific cause of blood cancer is unknown. Yet, there are several factors associated with its development. Blood cancers are more common among older adults and some run in families. Some infections appear to increase the risk of some blood cancers, as does a weakened immune system. Other contributing factors include chemical and radiation exposures, family and personal history, genetic disorders and smoking.

Non-cancerous blood disorders

There are also many types of blood disorders that are not cancerous. These include, but are not limited to, anemia, elevated and decreased blood cells (white blood cells and platelets), blood clotting disorders (deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism), bleeding disorders and iron overload syndromes (specifically hemochromatosis).

For more information about blood cancers and other blood disorders, contact Northwest Oncology & Hematology: 847.870.4100 (Rolling Meadows office), 847.437.3312 (Elk Grove Village office), 847.885.4100 (Hoffman Estates office), 847.842.0180 (Barrington office) and 847.577.1023 (Elgin office). For your convenience, You can also fill out our online New Patient Appointment form to schedule your consultation with us.

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