Kids are fighters. And our nurses are always in their corner, no matter what battles they may face. In honor of Nurses Week, May 3-9, 2015, our nurses, providers and entire Hematology/Oncology team created a video to show their support for all who are fighting. Thank you, nurses, for all you do for our patients and their families! (Music: "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten)+ More details
Dr. Lisa Hicks, chair of the ASH Choosing Wisely Task Force, discuss the goals of this national campaign. Dr. Hicks details the purpose of the initiative: to ask hematologists to take a step back and decide whether certain routine tests and procedures are really necessary for patients in each circumstance of their disease and to encourage an ongoing dialogue between patients and their physicians. Over or misuse of some these test can pose harm or have an unnecessary financial or emotional impact on patients, explains Dr. Hicks, and she encourages patients to partner with their healthcare providers to bring these questions to light.+ More details
If you need some inspiration and some more facts about blood stem cell donation, check out our very own Deirdra Taylor, Head of Communications and Donor Recruitment in her recent interview on BBC News 24 last Sunday. Courtesy of BBC News 24. Recorded on 17th November 2013.+ More details
Dr. Neuhardt, Pediatric Hematologist and Oncologist at St. Vincent Children's Healthcare, shares her story about treating children with a variety of blood disorders. Due to the fact that she loves working with children, Dr. Neuhardt has always dreamed of working in specialty pediatrics and St. Vincent Children's Healthcare has helped her make that dream become a successful one.+ More details
Early this summer television anchor Robin Roberts made a tearful announcement. “As many of you know, five years ago I beat breast cancer. Now sometimes treatment for cancer can lead to other serious medical issues and that’s what I’m facing right now. It is something called MDS- Myelodysplastic Syndrome,” says Robin Roberts. That’s when she put a face to myelodysplastic syndrome. MDS is a collection of blood disorders most people have never heard of. “Myelodysplastic Syndrome is kind of under the radar because in some ways it’s a malignancy but it’s really a disorder of the bone marrow that causes a failure to produce the normal cells in the bone marrow. The older term is pre-leukemia because some, but not all, patients over time will evolve into an acute leukemia,” says Dr. William Harwin, oncologist on Lee Memorial Health System’s medical staff. Not quite a cancer itself, it has shares many characteristics. “An uncontrolled proliferation, which cells don’t have the normal stops and normal controls and it’s also at the same time a capacity to spread to the parts of the body where they normally don’t belong,” says Dr. Harwin. Question is, what causes the breakdown of blood production. Scientists determined the disease can stem from previous cancer treatment. That’s what Roberts believes happened to her. “Most of the time we really don’t know why. There’s some situations where this can actually be a consequence or a late manifestation in someone who had chemotherapy several years before. It can be related to radiation in rare situations,” says Dr. Harwin. The only cure for MDS is a bone marrow transplant; the route Roberts took. Far more people will manage it as a chronic condition. Despite it’s reputation as pre-leukemia, only 30% of cases will make that evolution. View More Health Matters video segments at leememorial.org/healthmatters/ Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of medical care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For nearly a century, we've been providing our community with everything from primary care treatment to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Visit leememorial.org+ More details
When a child is diagnosed with cancer or a blood disease, it impacts the entire family. At Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, we not only treat the child, we care for the whole family. It's this unique treatment philosophy -- combined with world-class facilities, clinical expertise, leading technologies and remarkable outcomes -- that makes Children's the best place for pediatric cancer and blood disorder treatment.+ More details
Dr. Donegan understands that caring for a patient with cancer involves much more than simply treating the disease. Consideration of spiritual, emotional and quality of life issues is of paramount importance. Although he has a particular interest in breast cancer and hematological malignancies, he treats all types of cancers as well as benign blood disorders.+ More details
What are the particular characteristics of pulmonary hypertension in this group of disorders? Panelists present the recent diagnostic and therapeutic advances in sickle cell and thalassemia-associated pulmonary hypertension. Panelists: Robert Machado, MD (Chair); Hunter Champion, MD, PhD; Elizabeth Klings, MD+ More details
With VERY LITTLE time and limited resources, Collin Barkdull and myself, along with the kids at Hemophilia camp, created the Hemophilian Chronicles. This is the first chronicle in the adventures of the Hemophilian and his trusty super hemo friends. Starring Collin Barkdull as The Hemophilian, and Blake Winslow as Von Willeman. The chronicles star Collin, Blake and all the kids at camp.+ More details
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