A Service of Baystate Medical Center
Medical oncology is the physician specialty that includes the study of cancer and its treatment with systemic means, employing drugs to treat the entire body, as opposed to local treatments, such as surgery or radiation therapy.
Specialists in hematology/oncology also understand the natural history of cancers and have the skill to manage symptoms caused by either the cancer or its required treatment. Additionally, they have training and expertise in the management of blood disorders (hematology), both benign and malignant.
Drug treatment for cancer has become particularly sophisticated. It includes:
- Biological therapy, employing cytokines and monoclonal antibodies
- Hormone therapy.
Therapies can be directed at advanced disease, or aimed at eliminating microscopic disease (so-called adjuvant therapy).
The Baystate Regional Cancer Program's hematology services provide the region's largest and most highly regarded leukemia practice, offering therapy to adults and children afflicted with these rare but serious disorders. Baystate Medical Center's hematology laboratory and transfusion services support these patients with the intensive therapy these diseases require. Baystate's hematology specialists actively diagnose and treat all types of blood disorders, including:
- Bleeding and blood clotting abnormalities
- Sickle cell disease
- Other hemoglobinopathies.
The hematology/oncology specialists at the Baystate Regional Cancer Program see patients at the D'Amour Center for Cancer Care, 3350 Main Street, Springfield, MA.
For more information about the Baystate Regional Cancer Program, or for a referral to one of our specialists, please call 413-794-2727.
Read our online Patient's Guide to Cancer Care.
Visit the practice site of Baystate Regional Cancer Program — Hematology and Oncology.
Learn more about our Hemotology & Oncology Fellowship.