At Smilow Cancer Hospital, we appreciate that blood cancers are a collection of several distinct types of cancers, and each patient is different. Improved understanding of the biology of each patient's blood cancer will allow us to optimize specific therapies for each patient. In the future, we hope to extend this further, to prevent rather than treat blood cancers depending on individual risk.
About Our Hematology Program
Physicians and scientists are still trying to grasp the causes behind myeloma, leukemia, and lymphoma, the three major groups of blood cancers. But there is positive news: Advances in cancer care are increasing survival rates, leading to better blood cancer treatments and curing an increasing number of patients with these blood diseases. The goal of physicians at Smilow Cancer Hospital is to cure blood cancers, or at least manage them as chronic conditions, depending on the stage and type of a patient's blood cancer. Highly specialized physicians with international reputations lead disease- based teams made up of specially trained data managers, research nurses, clinical nurses and care coordinators, providing each patient with highly individualized care.
Why Smilow Cancer Hospital for Hematology
At Smilow Cancer Hospital, we have an expert hematopathology diagnostic team capable of pathologic review of lymph nodes and bone marrow with in-depth molecular and cytogenetic analysis. Every diagnostic technique is available including: bone marrow examination, bone imaging, M protein analysis, cytogenetics, immunophenotyping, and FISH and PCR analysis. Diagnostic analysis also includes relevant genetic testing and the identification of markers of prognosis. Yale Cancer Center maintains a tissue bank used for novel research studies in blood cancer treatment and prevention.
Our physicians are finding particular success treating patients with various blood cancer types such as lymphoma, the most common blood cancer, now curing up to 80 percent of patients with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Dramatic advances have also been made in therapy for certain forms of leukemia, for example, with the development of molecularly targeted therapies such as Gleevec® for a leukemia termed chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). The outlook for patients with myeloma, another blood cancer, has also significantly improved over the last decade, with the introduction of new therapies such as thalidomide and bortezomib.
Other unique aspects of hematology treatment at Smilow Cancer Hospital include: