Blood cancer affects the function of your blood cells, as well as the production of blood. Blood cancers typically begin in the bone marrow, where blood is produced. The stem cells in bone marrow develop into red blood cells, white blood cells, or platelets.
With the majority of blood cancers, this blood cell development and production is interrupted. Uncontrolled growth of abnormal, cancerous blood cells, prevent your blood from performing its normal functions, including fighting off infections and preventing bleeding during injury.
The blood cancer specialists (hematologist-oncologists) of Northwestern Medicine are here to help patients diagnosed with blood cancer learn more about their disease and find the best possible treatment options available. Hematologist-oncologists are physicians with expertise in treating patients with blood cancers. Blood cancers can be rare, which is why it's important to seek out hematologist-oncologists to manage treatment.
Battling cancer is a multistep journey that may require many visits. During treatment, you need to devote your energy to getting healthy, not getting to the next appointment. That’s why treatment and support services at Northwestern Medicine are conveniently located throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, so you can get quick access to all the expertise and support you need, close to home.