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Haematological cancers are cancers of the blood and lymphatic system. These include myeloma, lymphomas and acute and chronic leukaemias.
The Haematology Unit offers a comprehensive diagnostic service for patients with a wide variety of blood cancers. Diagnosis depends on presentation.
The lymphoma clinic provides a one-stop referral pathway for the diagnosis of lymphoma.
To further aid diagnosis, the Radiology Department provides a comprehensive imaging service (including MRI, CT and ultrasound technologies) while the Pathology service provides expert analysis of blood, cells and tissues.
St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a tertiary referral centre for the management of haematological cancers. Treatment for different types varies. Each treatment plan will be individually tailored but may include chemotherapy, antibody therapy and radiotherapy.
Chemotherapy and bone marrow transplants in adults and children are provided through the Ruth Myles Unit, a specialised inpatient unit which has integrated Day Care and an Apheresis Unit. The unit benefits from a full range of specialist supporting services.
There is a nurse-led myeloma oral chemotherapy clinic.
Ruth Myles Haematology Day Care Unit is a nurse-led unit and the highly specialised nursing team has unique expertise in managing bone marrow failure, malignant and bone marrow transplant patients.
The Lymphoma Unit takes regional referrals and manages and treats complex and rare lymphomas, in particular T cell lymphoma. St George's provides a regional service for patients with HIV related lymphoma and Kaposi's Sarcoma. Patients are jointly reviewed by the lymphoma team and HIV specialist in a joint clinic and there are shared care arrangements with the clinical infection unit for inpatients. Patients requiring bone marrow transplantation can be managed and supported by the same team throughout their entire pathway.
The unit benefits from a full range of specialist supporting services including specialist surgery, neurosurgery and medical support and critical care facilities.
There is a lymphoma long term follow up and late effects clinic, and a telephone clinic. These are led by a cancer nurse specialist, for a more patient centred service. Active patient support groups for lymphoma and myeloma help to further improve patient care and experience.
The haematological team includes haematologists, medical oncologists, clinical oncologists, clinical nurse specialists, radiologists and histopathologists.