The type of treatment patients receive depends upon the type of disorder they are diagnosed with. Some patients may not need treatment initially and will be monitored by the haematology team.
For those that need treatment, factors such as other health conditions will also be taken into account. The treatment patients receive will be specific to their circumstances and will be agreed between the patient and their consultant.
Below is an overview for some treatments offered for haematological disorders:
- Bone marrow transplant
- Blood transfusions
Chemotherapy for patients with a haematological disorder can be given in the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital. Radiotherapy for all haematological disorders is also given at the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital. Bone marrow transplants for patients with a haematological disorder are given at the Belfast City Hospital. Blood transfusions can be given in Trust hospitals, or if appropriate, in the community.
Treatment for each haematological disorder is different.
For information on the treatment of cancerous haematological disorders, please visit:
- Leukaemia – Macmillan Cancer Support website
- Lymphoma – Lymphoma Association website
- Myeloma – Myeloma UK website
For information on the treatment of non-cancerous haematological disorders, please visit:
- Myeloproliferative disorders – MPD Voice website
- Myelodysplastic syndrome – Macmillan Cancer Support website
After treatment is completed, patients will have regular check-ups. These are very important for the haematology team to monitor patient progress.
This may continue for years, with follow-up appointments with the haematology team.
Patients experiencing worrying symptoms that they think may be related to their haematology disorder should get in touch with GP or consultant as soon as possible.