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Haematology

Haematology is the area of medicine focused on the study, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases related to blood. At the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre, the Department of Clinical Heamatology cares for patients with malignant haematological disorders, including cancers of the blood, bone marrow or lymph nodes. The most commonly known of these are leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. We also care for patients with non-malignant blood disorders such as anaemia, thrombosis, bleeding and disorders of the bone marrow.

Why do I have an appointment with the Haematology Clinic?

Even though the Haematology Outpatients Clinic is located in the ONJ Centre, many patients seen in the clinic do not have cancer. There are many possible reasons why you might be referred to see a haematologist. Some of these include:

  • One or more abnormalities in your blood cells
  • Blood tests showing that you may have too much or too little iron in your body
  • An abnormal protein, know as a paraprotein, found in the blood
  • You may be suffering from one or more blood clots, or are considered at high risk of of one
  • You may be bruising or bleeding more than might be expected
  • There is a suspicion that you may have a blood cancer
  • You have a confirmed diagnosis of a blood cancer

You may be referred by your regular doctor, one of your specialists, or if you have an inpatient, by one of the doctors looking after you in hospital.

Where you might receive your haematology treatment

Inpatient

Haematology patients requiring inpatient care will be admitted to Ward 7S of the ONJ Centre. These may be patients who are undergoing intensive chemotherapy for leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or other haematological malignancies. It also includes patients undergoing an autologous or allogeneic stem cell transplant service. The needs of patients with other benign blood conditions such as clotting or bleeding problems are also managed on this ward.

Outpatient 

General haematology clinics are held in Specialist Clinics on level 3 of the ONJ Centre. Clinics run on a Monday morning, Tuesday afternoon and Friday morning. A specific thrombosis and haemostasis (clotting and bleeding) clinic runs on Tuesday morning. A survivorship clinic for patients recovering from the effects of intense chemotherapy is held on Tuesday afternoon.

CONTACT 

Personal Assistant to the Director, Prof. Andrew Grigg

+ 61 3 9496 5093

Monday to Friday 9am-3.30pm

 

Out of hours or urgent referrals

Page the Haematology Registrar via Austin Health switchboard

+ 61 3 9496 5000

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