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Hematologic Cancer Services — Conditions We Treat

The following conditions are some of the most common conditions treated by specialists in this area. These specialists offer expert care for many other related medical problems. If you need care for a condition not listed here, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to find a doctor who can help you.

  • Leukemia is cancer that affects white blood cells, which grow in bone marrow and help fight infection. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) prevents lymphoblasts, an immature type of white blood cell, from developing into mature lymphocytes. ALL cells accumulate and crowd out healthy blood cells.
  • Leukemia is cancer caused by white blood cells that develop abnormally in bone marrow. In acute myeloid leukemia (AML), myeloblasts, an immature type of white blood cell, multiply uncontrollably. They are unable to develop into mature myelocytes or function properly.
  • Leukemia is a type of cancer in white blood cells, which grow in bone marrow. Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) is a type of acute myeloid leukemia. It develops when promyelocytes, an immature type of white blood cell, grow abnormally and crowd out healthy blood cells.
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) are the same disease. It is a slow-growing  cancer that develops when lymphocytes, a mature type of white blood cell, do not fully develop. These abnormal lymphocytes do not fight infection well and crowd out healthy blood cells.
  • Leukemia is cancer caused by white blood cells that develop abnormally in bone marrow. CML occurs when granulocytes, a mature type of white blood cell, do not fully form. Abnormal granulocytes do not function properly, and they crowd out healthy blood cells.
  • Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) is a rare cancer of the white blood cells. It occurs when a mature type of white blood cell, monocytes, do not develop normally. These abnormal cells grow out of control and crowd out healthy blood cells.
  • Leukemia is cancer in white blood cells, which form in bone marrow to fight infection. Hairy cell leukemia is a rare type of chronic lymphocytic leukemia. It develops when B lymphocytes, a mature type of white blood cell, become abnormal.
  • Hodgkin lymphoma is a cancer of the white blood cells, which play a key role in the immune system.
  • Multiple myeloma is a rare blood cancer that starts in plasma cells in bone marrow. Multiple myeloma tumors weaken your bones and prevent bone marrow from producing healthy blood cells or fighting infection.
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes

    Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a group of conditions defined by the inability of bone marrow to make enough healthy blood cells. People with MDS don't have enough of at least one type of blood cell. In addition, some of their blood cells are abnormally shaped.
  • Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

    Myeloproliferative neoplasms include polycythemia vera (having too many red blood cells), essential thrombocythemia (having too many platelets), myelofibrosis (having abnormal blood cells that grow too quickly and take over your bone marrow) and chronic myeloid leukemia. All involve having too many of one or more types of blood cells.
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is cancer that starts in cells called lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell that helps the body fight infection.
  • Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH)

    Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a rare disorder that causes hemolytic anemia, when red blood cells are destroyed prematurely. In a person with PNH, red blood cells are missing a protein they need to survive. As a result, the person’s immune system breaks the cells apart. People with PNH are also prone to developing blood clots.