Blood Cancers

Cancers of the blood and blood-forming organs — such as acute and chronic leukemias, Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and multiple myeloma — are complex diseases, and are best treated by doctors with specialized training to increase the chance of a successful outcome. At NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, our blood cancer specialists are very experienced caring for patients with hematologic cancers of all types and stages. They customize your care to the features of your disease, ensuring you get the most effective treatment available.

Your Treatment Team

Your care team includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, hematopathologists, radiologists, pain management specialists, oncology nurses, psychosocial support specialists, and other professionals with extraordinary experience and compassion caring for people with blood cancers. We are part of Weill Cornell Medicine’s oncology team and participate in regular Tumor Boards, discussing each case and combining our expertise to assemble the most effective treatment plan for each patient. Your team ensures that you and your caregivers understand your options, so you can make an informed decision about what’s best for you. Our ultimate goal is to find a cure for your disease. Your doctor is also very accessible throughout your care and stands ready to answer any questions you may have.

All Are Welcome Here

At NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist, our cancer program is well integrated into the Brooklyn community. We treat patients from a wide variety of cultures and all walks of life. Our cancer care team members get to know our patients and their families and tailor treatment to their needs and preferences. You’ll find a level of warm, personal care here that is hard to match.

Care for All Types and Stages of Blood Cancer

We treat all types of blood cancer, including:

  • Acute myeloid leukemia
  • Chronic myelogenous leukemia
  • Acute lymphocytic leukemia
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia
  • Myeloproliferative disorders
  • Bone marrow disorders, including myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS)

An Accurate Diagnosis

Your team recognizes that an accurate diagnosis is the first and most important step in getting the most effective treatment. We also perform additional testing to find out not only what kind of cancer you have, but what subtype it may be. There are many types of blood cancer, each with its own biology and behavior. For example, there are more than 70 subtypes of non-Hodgkin lymphoma alone. Your doctor arranges for all the necessary testing to learn all we can about the type and stage of your cancer.

Advanced Chemotherapy and Immunotherapy

Blood cancers are often treated with combinations of chemotherapy drugs. You may also be eligible to receive immunotherapy, a treatment that boosts the power of your immune system to detect and destroy cancer cells in your body. Chemotherapy and immunotherapy are typically given by infusion (through a vein) in our outpatient infusion center. Your infusion team includes oncology nurses with specialized training. They closely monitor you during your treatment to watch for any side effects and to ensure your visit with us is as comfortable as possible.

A Precision Medicine Approach

Increasingly in cancer care, we use therapies that target proteins and genetic mutations that are specific to cancer cells. We perform genetic sequencing to test the biology of your cancer and match you with the anticancer drugs that take aim at the molecules fueling its growth. This "precision medicine" approach is revolutionizing the care of people with all types of cancer. For blood cancers, many new targeted therapies have been developed in the last several years that treat these cancers more precisely than conventional anticancer drugs. Your doctor will let you know if a targeted therapy is right for you.

Access to Clinical Trials

As an academic medical center, we participate in clinical trials for blood cancers of all types. These studies offer you access to investigational therapies that show promise for fighting your cancer. Our doctors also collaborate with laboratory scientists who are scrutinizing the intricacies of blood cancer development and applying their findings to create better therapies. Bringing science to patient care is a strength of NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist and sets us apart from other hospitals in Brooklyn that provide blood cancer care. Your doctor will let you know if you may be able to receive a promising new therapy through a clinical trial.

Caring for All of You

We understand that a diagnosis of cancer can be challenging for you as well as your loved ones. That's why we offer a full range of psychosocial, nutritional, and other support services for people with blood cancers — including support groups for people with specific blood cancers, led by our social workers. Your team includes doctors who are board-certified in palliative care as well, ensuring that your quality of life is the best it can be from the moment of diagnosis and throughout your treatment. As a major medical center, we can also address your other healthcare needs, such as co-existing conditions like heart disease and diabetes, and connect you with the specialists you need.

Contact

To find a physician specializing in hematology oncology, click here or call 718-499-CARE (718-499-2273).

To make an appointment for hematology oncology services at a NewYork-Presbyterian medical group office, please call 718-643-0483.