According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, blood cancers are the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. However, with early detection and expert treatment, there is hope. More than 1.3 million people are currently living with or in remission from blood cancer.
What Is Blood Cancer?
Blood cancer affects the production and function of your blood cells. In most cases of blood cancer, normal blood cell development is interrupted by uncontrolled growth of an abnormal type of blood cell. These cells prevent your blood from performing its vital functions such as fighting off infection and preventing serious bleeding.
Types of blood cancer treated at Avera include:
Symptoms of Blood Cancer
Signs and symptoms vary depending on the type of blood cancer, but may include:
- Bruising or bleeding easily
- Bone pain or weakness
- Enlarged lymph nodes
- Low blood counts
- Weight loss
- Severe or frequent infections
- Swelling in the abdomen or feeling full after eating only a small amount
Expertise in Blood Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment
For expertise in detecting and treating blood cancers, count on Avera’s hematologists who have the specialty training needed to provide both cancer treatment services as well as blood and marrow transplant.
Blood & Marrow Transplant
If your form of blood cancer is best treated with a transplant, take advantage of the region’s only dedicated hematology and bone and marrow transplant program at Avera Medical Group Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplant in Sioux Falls, SD.
Since 2000, our transplant team has provided life-saving treatment, groundbreaking clinical trials, and comprehensive support before, during and after transplant.