Cancer of the blood, or hematologic cancer, affects the function of blood cells. Hematologic cancers often form in the bone marrow, the part of the bone where red and white blood cells and platelets are produced. Blood cancer prevents the blood from performing its functions, which includes preventing infection and clotting to prevent serious bleeding. The most common types of blood cancer include:
- Aplastic anemia
- Germ cell tumors
Blood/Hematologic Cancer Treatment at Baptist Cancer Center
Baptist Cancer Center collaborates closely with the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center to offer a comprehensive treatment program for blood cancer, including inpatient and outpatient treatment centers, blood and stem cell collection and processing centers and an innovative stem cell transplant center. Baptist Cancer Center's goals surrounding the treatment of blood cancers include:
- Providing patient focused, compassionate, state of the art, team based care through expert and dedicated providers.
- Delivering the highest quality care with the best possible outcomes.
- Participating and contributing to clinical research in the field of high grade hematological malignancies and transplantation.
- Fulfilling community needs by providing leukemia and transplant services close to home.
- Providing alternative donor transplants to the large minority populations in the Mid-South.