St. Luke's Cancer Centre

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Haematology - About us

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We provide the treatment of patients with malignant and non-malignant haematological conditions. 

The treatments used at our centre are at the forefront of modern healthcare. As with all of our services, treatments depend on individual cases and the stage of cancer. This will be discussed in great detail with every patient by one of our team once a diagnosis has been made.

We provide Level 2b haematology treatment which includes treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukaemia and Salvage high-grade lymphoma treatment.

We have a growing portfolio of clinical trials currently open.

  • General Haematology: management of benign blood disorders.
  • Haemostasis and thrombosis: disorders of the blood clotting system.
  • Anticoagulation: management of patients requiring thinning of their blood.
  • Provision of blood products for transfusion.
  • Our main practical procedures are: administration of chemotherapy, bone marrow aspiration and biopsy, venesection and intrathecal chemotherapy.

All these services are delivered through a range of activities including Outpatient clinics, Day case care, Inpatient care (Haematology Level 2b), multidisciplinary team meetings and consultative advice to hospital and primary care colleagues. A full clinical and laboratory on call service is also provided.

Location: 

Patients with Haematological conditions are seen in St Luke’s Cancer Centre and Outpatients 3. 

Onslow ward

The Onslow ward is the Oncology and Haematology in-patient ward 

Services provided: 

  • Providing in-patient Chemotherapy.
  • Symptom control.
  • High standard of specialised cancer care.
  • Caring for Haematology and Oncology patients.
  • Dedicated rooms for Iodine Ablation and clinical trials.
  • Providing Holistic care from cancer symptoms, encompassing spiritual and psychological support.
  • Dealing with complex discharges.
  • End of life care.

Location: 

Level F, West wing.

Bone marrow test

A bone marrow test is carried out following a referral from a Haematologist. An examination of the bone marrow is carried out for diagnostic purposes.

Why do I need a bone marrow test?

Your Haematologist will have requested a bone marrow test to help diagnose your condition.

When will I have the test?

The test is carried out as an outpatient, usually on a Tuesday morning. An appointment will be sent to you in the post or you will be informed by telephone.

Do I need a general anaesthetic?

No, you will be given local anaesthetic to numb the area. The test can sometimes be a bit uncomfortable.

How long will the procedure take?

It will take about 30 minutes.

Can I go home afterwards?

Yes, you can go home immediately after the test.

Who will carry out the procedure and where will it be?

Usually the one of the Haematology Clinical Nurse Specialists or a senior doctor will carry out the test.

The procedure will take place in the Haematology Room on Level B of St Luke’s Cancer Centre.

When will I get the results?

An appointment for the results is normally made about 2 weeks after the test. This will be with a Consultant Haematologist.

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