Comprehensive blood cancer program in Wichita
Wesley Healthcare's hematologists and oncologists treat all types of blood cancer. Wesley's cancer program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC), which is a distinction only 25 percent of hospitals have received.
As part of Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute, we offer the most advanced, state-of-the-art treatments and facilities, so you can receive comprehensive cancer care close-to-home in Wichita.
For more information about our blood cancer program, please call (316) 962-6100.
Types of blood cancer
Blood cancer refers to cancers that affect the blood cells, decreasing your body’s ability to fight infection. Wesley has the technology, expertise and staff to treat all three main types of blood cancer:
- Leukemia: This cancer occurs when normal white blood cells start to change and multiply uncontrollably.
- Lymphoma: This cancer occurs when cancer develops in the lymphatic system, the vessels that carry white blood cells from the body’s tissues to the blood.
- Multiple myelomas: This cancer occurs in blood plasma cells within the bone marrow.
Within these three main categories are various types of blood cancer. Our dedicated blood cancer team in Wichita provides compassionate, expert treatments to patients with blood disorders and cancers, including:
- Hodgkin lymphoma
- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL)
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
- Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)
- Aplastic anemia
- Autoimmune diseases
- Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)
- Sickle cell disease
- Germ cell tumors
Blood cancer treatment
Each patient’s blood cancer treatment will vary. Your treatment will depend on several factors, like your health, the speed in which the cancer is developing and the type of cancer you have. However, blood cancer treatment at Wesley may include any of the following treatments:
- Chemotherapy: Also called chemo, this treatment uses drugs to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells.
- Radiation: Radiation therapy uses beams of high energy to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells.
- Bone marrow transplant: This procedure replaces damaged or diseased bone marrow with healthy blood stem cells, which travel to the bone marrow to promote new, healthy bone marrow.
- Stem cell transplant: This procedure involves infusing healthy, blood-forming cells into the body.
Blood cancer symptoms
Often, patients with slow-growing blood cancers will not experience symptoms of blood cancer. However, patients with an advanced form of the disease may experience:
- Frequent infections
- Fevers and/or chills
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite and/or nausea
- Unexplained weight loss
- Bone and/or joint pain
- Swollen lymph nodes
Pediatric hematology and oncology
Wesley Healthcare offers a pediatric oncology program supported by pediatric hematologists and oncologists and specialized medical staff. We treat most forms of pediatric blood cancers and provide a child-friendly environment designed for children and their families.
Our child life specialists work with pediatric patients and their families to help ease the child's fears and anxieties and to help the child cope with the hospital environment.
About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
Wesley Healthcare is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.
Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially-trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (316) 776-6470 or chat online at askSARAH.