Blood disorders such as chronic anemia, low platelet counts and bleeding/clotting disorders can affect quality of life and, at times, be life-threatening. That’s why the staff of Gundersen’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders works tirelessly to help patients get their lives back on track.
Gundersen brings you the area's most experienced blood disorders specialists. Together their sole focus is to diagnose, treat, study and manage blood disorders. The Center is also one of a few to offer plasmapheresis, a blood purification procedure used to treat several autoimmune diseases.
The Center delivers comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of cancerous and non-cancerous blood conditions for people of all ages, including:
- Blood cancers
- Multiple myeloma
- Chronic anemia, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), histiocytic disorders and other blood-count abnormalities
- Von Willebrand's disease, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders
- Clotting disorders (thrombophilia)
- Myelodysplasia and myeloproliferative disorders affecting bone marrow
Disease management is a special focus of our team as they work to minimize the need for blood transfusions. When blood transfusions are needed—for surgery or tooth extraction, for example—they work with the surgeon or dentist to better prepare a person with a blood disorder to control blood loss, the amount of transfused blood needed and risks for bleeding complications.