Hematology Services provides multidisciplinary, compassionate care for patients with a variety of cancers that develop in bone marrow, blood and lymph nodes. We also treat patients with benign (noncancerous) blood disorders and thrombotic disorders.
BSA Harrington Cancer Center offers a full range of standard and innovative hematology treatments, as well as an in-house hemato-pathology expert, a clinical laboratory that provides prompt test results and a National Cancer Institute funded research laboratory that allows patients access to novel treatment approaches.
Medical oncologists collaborate with other specialty physicians to develop a treatment plan based on the patient's type of cancer, the extent of disease and the most effective treatments available. Major components of treatment include the use of medications including chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, biologics and support drugs.
Medical Oncology services are provided in collaboration with Harrington Physicians Inc. (HPI).
Some cancers are curable with chemotherapy drugs given to shrink or kill cancer cells, and there are many new kinds of chemotherapies currently being developed that target cancer cells without affecting normal cells.
Biological therapy is based on the idea that the human immune system can play a role in destroying cancer cells. Biological therapy consists of treating the immune system with highly purified proteins that help activate the system or help it do its job more effectively.
Certain cancers depend on hormones to grow. Hormonal therapy involves using medications to block hormones, leaving the cancer cells unable to grow. Although it is not recommended for everyone, for those receiving this kind of treatment, it is often highly effective and has fewer side effects than most other forms of cancer therapy.