Oncology/Hematology in Monterey County
Cancer Care & Blood Disorder Treatment
Cancers that form in or spread to the blood are usually impossible to remove
through surgery. Once cancer has reached this point, a hematologist is
called in to assist with the patient’s treatment. Hematologists
specialize in treating blood disorders like leukemia, sick-cell disease,
and anemia. Many oncologists receive additional training in hematology
so that they can continue to treat patients effectively if their cancer
spreads to the blood.
Salinas Valley Medical Center’s cancer care team includes experienced
hematologists and oncologists who specialize in treating cancers of the
blood. We create customized treatment plans designed to help our patients
fight this disease while living as comfortably as possible.
What is Blood Cancer?
Cancer is a group of mutated cells that interfere with the body’s
functions. When these cells are concentrated in one area (tumors) they
can often be removed through a surgical procedure. Blood cancers, however,
affect the cells in the blood stream. As these cells are constantly moving
throughout the body, there is no way to remove them with a single surgical
Cancers of the blood take many forms, and the treatment for each can vary.
In very general terms, the strategy for curing blood cancer is to remove
or overwhelm the cancer cells with medication and stimulate the production
of healthy blood cells.
Some blood cancer treatments include:
Chemotherapy – Powerful medication delivered through an IV to fight cancer cells
Radiation therapy – Applying radiation to cancerous areas to destroy the cancer cells
Stem cell transplantation – Creating and Infusing healthy blood cells into the body to keep
the body functioning
Blood transfusion – Infusing healthy blood cells from compatible donors to fight cancer’s
Immunotherapy – Techniques that stimulate the body’s immune system to help
it fight cancer
A Facility Equipped for Fighting Blood Cancer
At Salinas Valley Medical Center, we have numerous tools to help people
fight leukemia and other forms of blood cancer. In addition to our comprehensive
cancer care program, we also have a state-of-the-art clinical laboratory,
a wide array of cancer treatment options to fit every patient’s
unique needs, and a dedicated team of oncologists, hematologists, nurses,
physicians, and support staff ready to do whatever is necessary to help
our patients. This is not a battle you need to fight alone. The SVMC team
will be with you every step of the way.