Hematology & Oncology
Blood cancers were diagnosed in more than 113,000 people and resulted in death in more than 54,000 people in the United States in 2006, according to the CDC. At The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute in West Los Angeles and Santa Monica, California, we are dedicated to reducing those incidences. Dr. Daniel Lieber and Dr. Lawrence Piro are internationally recognized experts in blood disorders and blood cancer. Dr. Lieber and Dr. Piro offer our patients leading-edge cancer and blood disorder care.
Anemia is a blood disorder characterized by a lack of red blood cells or hemoglobin, a substance in red blood cells. Anemia results if not enough normal hemoglobin or red blood cells are produced, too many red blood cells are destroyed, or if too much blood is lost. There are several causes of anemia and several types, such as aplastic anemia and iron deficiency anemia.
Symptoms of anemia include shortness of breath, fatigue, and a pale complexion. Treatment depends on the type and cause of anemia. Untreated anemia can lead to serious medical complications, such as a heart attack. Learn more about anemia.
Coagulation blood disorders impair blood clotting and can cause abnormal bleeding. Vitamin K deficiency and liver disease are frequent causes of acquired coagulation disorders. Coagulation blood disorders can be inherited. Some of the more common coagulation disorders include von Willebrand’s disease and hemophilias.
Chronic leukemias, acute leukemias, and myelodysplastic syndromes are all types of cancer of the white blood cells (leukocytes) that involve the bone marrow, spleen and lymph nodes. Although leukemia can develop at any age, it most frequently develops in children. A main concern when treating leukemia is to kill the cancerous white blood cells while sparing the healthy white blood cells. Leukemia therapy takes place in three stages over a period of time.
Lymphoma is a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system normally filters germs and infections from your body. There are two main types of lymphomas, Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin's.
Hodgkin’s Disease or Hodgkin’s Lymphomas is a cancer that usually first develops in an enlarged lymph node and spreads to the spleen, liver, bone marrow, and other organs. There are approximately 30 types of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma can occur in many places throughout the body and can cause a variety of symptoms. With treatment, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is associated with good cure rates. Learn more about non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Plasma Cell Disorders
Plasma cells are produced by white blood cells to fight germs at the site of an infection or immune response. Plasma cells usually reproduce exact replicas (clones). Plasma cell disorders occur when a plasma cell reproduces abnormal cells that reduce the ability to fight infections. Multiple myeloma, amyloidosis, Waldentrom’s macroglobulinemia, heavy chain disease, and MGUS are types of plasma cell disorders.
We also treat:
- Thrombotic Disorders
- Tumor Immunology
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