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Haematology

  • Overview

    Haematology-Mount Elizabeth Hospital

    At Mount Elizabeth, our haematology specialists are committed to providing the best diagnosis, monitoring and treatment for patients with blood disorders and blood cancers.

    Some of the blood disorders we treat are: anaemia, blood deficiencies, leukaemia, lymphoma, coagulative disorders, metabolic diseases, thalassemia and myeloma.

    Our team of haematologists includes specialists who perform haematopoietic stem-cell transplants for both adults and children. In haematopoietic stem-cell transplant, defective bone marrow is replaced by healthy stem cells – the building blocks of the bone marrow’s normal blood cells. This procedure is commonly used to treat aggressive forms of blood cancers like leukaemia and lymphoma.

    We make it a point to look after patients to the best of our abilities. Our haematology wards are specially designed with positive air pressure rooms, so that those with weakened immune systems, like haematopoietic stem-cell transplant patients, will have access to cleaner air. The pressure in our positive air pressure rooms is greater than the pressure outside, so that contaminants and bacteria can be pushed away from patients. Each ward is also looked after by haematology nurses who are specially trained to care for patients with blood diseases and disorders.

    To understand more about stem-cell transplants, visit our transplant and cellular therapy page for more information.

  • Gain Clarity

    Following a consultation with our specialists, you may have to undergo a diagnostic test to determine the exact status of your condition.

    Some of the tests that may be administered include:

    Full Blood Count

    Blood samples are taken and then examined at a lab, where platelets and red and white blood cells are counted. The cells will also be examined under the microscope to check for abnormalities.

    Bone Marrow Examination

    This test, which may involve taking a small sample of bone marrow from the hip for testing, is done to diagnose blood disorders, like leukaemia or multiple myeloma.

    Biopsy

    Lymph nodes biopsies are often done to diagnose lymphoma, a common blood cancer. Biopsies are typically done in 1 of 2 ways: through removing one lymph node or inserting a needle into the affected lymph gland to extract cells. You may also have to undergo other tests, like CT scans, to determine the extent of your condition.

    Our specialists will be able to provide advice on the types of diagnostics tests that you may need and answer your questions about your condition. Make an appointment to have a consultation from one of our doctors.

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  • Take Action

    Our treatment centres include the Haematology and Stem Cell Transplant Centre, and the Parkway Cancer Centre, which treat children and adults with haematological disorders.

    Haematology and Stem Cell Transplant Centre

    Established in 2004, the Haematology and Stem Cell Transplant Centre offers diagnostic and treatment services for blood disorders and blood cancers. The centre is located at Mount Elizabeth Orchard Hospital and headed by Dr Patrick Tan, who performed one of the world’s first successful unrelated-donor blood stem cell and cord blood transplant for thalassemia major, a severe blood disorder where the body is unable to produce normal red blood cells.

    Through a combination of radiotherapy, chemotherapy and stem cell and cord blood transplant treatments, the Haematology and Stem Cell Transplant Centre is committed to finding a long-term cure for patients whenever possible. According to the American Society of Hematology, it is now increasingly possible for blood cancers, like leukaemia and lymphoma, to be cured or sent into permanent remission due to advances in treatment methods.

    Parkway Cancer Centre

    At the Parkway Cancer Centre, our specialists include Dr Lim Ziyi, who has personally overseen the management of over 300 stem-cell transplants since 2006. Currently practising at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Dr Lim is also a member of several international committees on haematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

    Parkway Cancer Centre also runs the Children’s Haematology & Cancer Centre. Helmed by Dr Anselm Lee, who practises at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, the centre provides specialised clinical care, including diagnostic evaluation, chemotherapy and haematopoietic stem cell transplant, for children with blood diseases.

    Make an appointment with our specialists today.

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  • Heal with Confidence

    As part of our commitment to find a permanent or long-term cure for our patients, we will continue to monitor your progress after treatment with regular blood tests and bone marrow analyses.

    For those with blood cancers, we understand that recovery from cancer is not just a physiological process, but also a psychological one. With this in mind, you and your family may also benefit from the resources and counselling provided by CanHope, a non-profit cancer support service initiated by Parkway Cancer Centre.

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