About the Department
New blood cells are generally formed in the bone marrow. Blood cancer is a collective term for the malignancies of the blood-forming system or the bone marrow. The natural process of blood cell development is hindered due to the formation of immature and dysfunctional blood cells which enter the bloodstream and multiply uncontrollably. These dysfunctional cells are called cancer cells who can no longer carry out the normal cell functions. They prevent the production as well as functions of normal blood cells.
At Fortis, Bannerghatta, our Department of Hematology Oncology or Blood Cancer is at the forefront in treating various types of blood cancers. Our state-of-the-art infrastructure and diagnostic facilities equip us to treat complex cases of blood cancer and help deliver exceptional care for every stage of the disease. Our highly skilled experts work in collaboration with other specialties to develop an individualized plan for your specific type of blood cancer.
We follow a comprehensive approach to providing the latest diagnosis, treatment and advanced therapies for every patient. We offer a variety of treatment options that the patients can choose from, for even the most complex, aggressive type of blood cancer. We are also equipped to treat a relapsing or recurring type of cancer for people who have had series of unsuccessful treatments elsewhere.
Our goal has always been to providing quality & enhanced care. Our commitment to save & enrich lives is supported with advanced healthcare with the main focus on clinical excellence and distinctive patient care.
Areas of Care
Handling various types of blood cancer are a proof of our capabilities.
It is a type of blood cancer in which abnormal white blood cells in the bone marrow rapidly increase in number and destroy the normal blood cells, leaving a person more prone to infection. The treatment for leukemia depends upon the type of blood cell affected and whether it is acute or chronic. Acute leukemia forms rapidly and becomes severe quickly. Chronic leukemia grows very slowly and takes a long time to advance.
Sub-types of Leukemia
The four most common types of leukemia are:
- Acute lymphocytic leukemia
- Acute myeloid leukemia
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
- Chronic myeloid leukemia
It often begins in the lymph node. In this disease, the abnormal white blood cells called lymphocytes over-multiply in the lymphatic system. Since lymph tissue is present in many organs and structures, lymphoma can arise from any location of the body.
Types of Lymphoma
The two main types of lymphoma are Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin. People of any age can get either type, but Hodgkin’s is usually seen in the younger age group between 15 and 35, whereas non-Hodgkin’s is seen mainly in people over 60 years of age.
- Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)
This is seen in especially men over women who are aged more than 60 years of age. The dysfunctional and immature blood cells in the bone marrow do not mature into healthy blood cells. These dysfunctional cells start occupying space in the bone marrow, hindering the growth of natural healthy blood cells like red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. This condition is called Myelodysplastic syndrome.
- Myeloproliferative Disorder (MPD)
In this disorder, an excess growth of particularly one type of dysfunctional blood cells is seen in the bone marrow over the other. Sometimes, it can involve two or more blood cell types too.
- Multiple Myeloma
It is the third most common type of plasma cell cancer. Plasma cells are the ones that produce antibodies to fight diseases and infections.