Who is a Hematologist?
Branch of medicine that focuses on dealing with the study of cause, prognosis, diagnosis, treatment & prevention of diseases, disorders and medical conditions related to blood and blood-producing body parts. So, doctors who are specialized and well trained in hematology are called dermatologists.
What are the qualifications of a Hematologist?
A 5-year medical degree [MBBS] that is recognized by the General Medical Council and a 2-year foundation course of general training are the basic requirements for an individual to be a doctor. However, following are the specialties or extra qualifications required to be a Hematologist:
- DNB - Hematology
- Diplomate in Hematology (American Board of Internal Medicine)
- MRCP (UK)
- MD - Blood Banking & Immuno. Haem./Imm. Haem. & Blood Trans.
- FRCPath - Haematology
- DM - Clinical Haematology
- MD - Immuno Haematology & Blood Transfusion
- Ph.D. - Haematology
- Diploma in Immuno-Haematology and Blood Transfusion
- DM - Haematology Pathology/Hematopathology
- FRCP - Haematology
- DNB - Immunohaematology and Blood Transfusion
How often should I visit Hematologist?
People with medical conditions or diseases related to either blood should visit a Hematologist once in every 6 months or as directed by your primary care doctor. However, healthy individuals can consult a Hematologist once in 2 years.
Why should an individual consult a Hematologist?
If a person suffers from any of the following medical conditions or diseases, should consult a Hematologist.
- Severe or chronic anemia
- Hodgkin lymphoma
- Bone marrow failure syndromes
- Myeloproliferative neoplasms [MPN]
- Myelodysplastic syndrome
- Blood cancer
- Platelet disorders
- Bleeding disorders
Is Hematologist and Hepatologist same?
No, Hematologist treats diseases related to blood & blood-producing body parts and Hepatologists treat medical conditions that are associated with the liver, biliary tree, gallbladder, and pancreas.
Can Hematologists treat blood cancer?
A hematologist can diagnose and plan an appropriate treatment course for blood cancer, however, in severe cases, the patient will be referred to a well-trained Oncologist who can treat blood cancer.
Can Hematologists cure hemophilia?
A bleeding disorder that causes blood not to clot properly and leads to excessive bleeding or improper healing. This disorder can be diagnosed and treated by a Hematologist through proper medications and diet changes. One should follow all the instructions provided by his/her Hematologist.