How Are Blood Disorders Treated?
Treatment of the above disorders varies with the cause. Whenever a drug or toxin is implicated as the cause of anemia, low white blood cell or low platelet counts, the offending agent must be removed. When an infection, inflammatory disease or other disorder, such as cancer, causes anemia, the underlying disease must be treated. For vitamin or mineral deficiencies, the appropriate factor must be replaced and the reason for the deficiency identified. Immune disorders may be treated with immune suppressants such as prednisone (a corticosteroid) or other biological agents such as immunoglobulins or Rituxan. For inherited diseases such as sickle cell anemia and thalassemia, appropriate supportive care must be instituted. For chronic leukemias, treatment options may include chemotherapy or other medications and support. Whatever the disorder, FLHO’s dedicated team of hematology physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and support staff has one focus: to help you feel better.