Blood disorders such as chronic anemia, low platelet counts and bleeding or 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 you get your life back on track. Our blood disorders specialists focus on diagnosing, treating, studying and managing blood disorders. The Center is also one of a few to offer plasmapheresis, a blood purification procedure used to treat several autoimmune diseases.
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 you to control blood loss, the amount of transfused blood needed and risks for bleeding complications.
Blood conditions we treat
The Center delivers comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of cancerous and non-cancerous blood conditions for people of all ages, including:
- Blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma and 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 such as thrombophilia
Amish Hemophilia Clinic
A partnership between Gundersen Health System and Scenic Bluffs Community Health Center in Cashton, Wis. helps members of the Amish community who are affected by hemophilia B. Every year, Scenic Bluffs and Gundersen’s Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders holds a comprehensive clinic where Amish can receive a full physical, dental exam and eye exam. Newly born male infants—at risk for hemophilia—are tested for the disorder. If diagnosed, they are enrolled in the state’s chronic disease program to ensure they receive medications.
During this clinic, Scenic Bluffs provides the physical space, much of the man-power and the scheduling. Gundersen’s adult and pediatric hematologists staff the clinic. Together, the partnership has provided necessary care that would normally be too expensive for many of the affected families.