Benign Blood Diseases & Disorders

Benign blood diseases are acute and chronic conditions that aren’t cancers of themselves, although some of them may result from having cancer or undergoing cancer treatments. The type and severity of the symptoms varies depending on the type of disease or disorder, with some blood diseases resolving completely with medical treatment and others requiring lifelong intervention. Most types of blood diseases can be categorized as one or more of the following types of conditions:
  • Bleeding disorders – blood disorders and diseases like von Willebrand disease and hemophilia that prevent the blood from clotting as it should due to a lack of clotting factors or platelets
  • Blood clot issues – the tendency for the blood to clot where it shouldn’t, such as in the middle of a vein, potentially blocking the flow of blood and causing complications like a pulmonary embolism
  • Low blood counts – an abnormally low number of white or red blood cells or platelets, which can result from certain diseases, infections, and medications, and contribute to poor immune defense, anemia, or ineffective clotting
  • High blood counts – the presence of too many white or red blood cells, or platelets, due to a bone marrow disorder, poor heart or lung function, kidney malfunction, dehydration, or other abnormalities

Each type of blood disorder must be addressed with a different type of treatment. For example, the treatment for someone with a blood clotting issue might include administering clotting factor into their bloodstream. Someone with a certain type of anemia may benefit from taking an iron supplement. Tampa General Hospital’s Hematology/Oncology Clinic has the resources necessary to provide comprehensive treatments for all types of benign blood diseases, as well as cancers of the blood and blood-forming organs. Our multidisciplinary team includes physicians from TGH, USF Health and Moffitt Cancer Center who can guide patients through diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment for their individual blood diseases and disorders.

To make an appointment at TGH’s Hematology/Oncology Clinic, please call (813) 844-7585. The clinic accepts appointments from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.