About Hematology

Hematology is the branch of biology (physiology), pathology, clinical laboratory, internal medicine, and pediatrics that is concerned with the study of blood, the blood-forming organs, and blood diseases. Hematology includes the study of etiology, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and prevention of blood diseases.

Physicians specialized in hematology are known as hematologists. Their routine work includes the care and treatment of patients with hematological diseases. They specialize in:

  •  Bleeding disorders such as hemophilia (a group of hereditary genetic disorders that impair the body's ability to control blood clotting) and idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (the condition of having a low platelet count (thrombocytopenia) of no known cause (idiopathic);
  • Treating hematological malignacies such as lymphoma and leukemia;
  • Treating hemoglobinopathies (a kind of genetic defect that results in abnormal structure of one of the globin chains of the hemoglobin molecule. Common hemoglobinopathies include sickle-cell disease and thalassemia); and
  • In the science of blood transfusion and the work of a blood bank.
Physicians specializing in hematology are board certified as a demonstration of their advanced study and knowledge in treating blood related conditions. At EMMC Cancer Care, our physicians are employed by Eastern Maine Medical Center to work as hematologists. Their offices are located at EMMC Cancer Care. They can be reached by calling (207) 973-7478.

Many patients are referred to us each year for management of blood related disorders. Coming to a center with cancer in its name can be intimidating. We want to assure you that if you've been referred to us for a blood related concern it does not mean that you have a cancer diagnosis. If your referring provider had a concern about that possibility, he or she would have informed you prior to making the appointment with us.