What Do Hematologists Check For?

A hematologist is a doctor who specializes in researching, diagnosing, treating and preventing blood disorders of the lymph nodes and vessels. Hematologists work closely with surgeons, radiation oncologists and other specialists to help patients understand their diagnosis and develop a personalized care plan. They will also coordinate surgery, transfusions, chemotherapy, radiation therapy or immunotherapy on your behalf as needed.

Hematologists often check for what makes you feel weak or tired

Many conditions, disorders and diseases can lead to persistent fatigue and weakness. Compared to symptoms such as nausea or pain, the root cause of fatigue can be very difficult to diagnose. There are many reasons why a person may feel persistent fatigue, like poor nutrition, inadequate rest, stress and more. However, it might be something more serious. If you’ve been referred to a hematologist, you may be at risk for one or more of the following conditions that affect the red or white blood cells:

  • Hemophilia
    A disorder that slows the blood clotting process
  • Sepsis
    An infection of the blood
  • Leukemia
    A cancer of the blood or bone marrow
  • Lymphoma
    A cancer of the lymphatic system
  • Sickle cell anemia
    A genetic disorder that causes red blood cells to become misshapen and break down
  • Thalassemia
    A genetic disorder in which there are less than normal amounts of oxygen-carrying proteins in your blood
  • Anemia
    A condition in which there is a lack of healthy red blood cells
  • Deep vein thrombosis
    A condition in which a blood clot forms in a vein located deep within the body

If you or a loved one has been struggling with persistent weakness, fatigue or other concerning symptoms that need medical attention, please call Alpha Med Physicians Group at 708-342-1900. Our experienced hematologists check for what makes a person feel unwell and plan for a healthy, pain-free outcome.