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Hematology

Overview

Hematology is the study of blood and blood diseases, including blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Other common blood diseases and disorders include anemia and hemophilia.

Leukemia is a cancer of the blood cells, usually the white blood cells. Leukemic cells look different than normal cells and do not function properly. Lymphoma is a cancer of the lymph system, which is a critical part of the immune system. One type is Hodgkin lymphoma, also known as Hodgkin disease, which makes the body less able to fight infection.

Multiple myeloma is a blood disorder that starts in a type of white blood cells called plasma cells. It is the most common form of plasma cell cancer.

Hemophilia is one of the most commonly known blood coagulation disorders. These disorders are marked by disruptions in the body’s ability to control blood clotting.

Aplastic anemia is a bone marrow disorder in which the stem cells get damaged and don’t develop into needed blood cells. This can develop at any age, emerging slowly or striking at once. If untreated, aplastic anemia can lead to irregular heartbeats, heart enlargement, heart failure, infections, and bleeding. Severe cases can even be fatal.

Treatment Counseling

At Vivo Health, our pharmacists specialize in specific conditions. Our experts, including board-certified oncology pharmacists, will ensure that you understand every aspect of your treatment plans. We will help assess your support system at home and create additional touch points to monitor your progress.

Access to Specialty Medications

Through our Prior Approval department, we provide fast access to a wide range of limited distribution medications. For example, 96 percent of our approvals for oncology prescriptions are now done within 48 hours, meaning we will work hard to approve requests, work with insurance companies, and get your medications into your hands within two days. We will also handle any necessary appeals for denied medications.

Financial Assistance

We understand that the cost of specialty medications can be significant. That’s why we work with secondary insurances, manufacturer copay assistance, third-party foundations, and free manufacturer programs to find extra financial support. For additional information, please visit our financial assistance page or contact us.

Support Services

At Vivo Health Pharmacy, we understand that finding resources and joining supportive communities are key to your treatment. Here are some of the tools and support groups we recommend:

  • American Society of Hematology: The American Society of Hematology has developed resources to educate the public about the importance of healthy blood and increase awareness of common blood diseases, such as anemia, bleeding and clotting disorders, and blood cancers.
  • MyHemophiliaTeam: This is a social network and online support group for those who are living with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders.
  • Oncology Social Workers: The Northwell Health Cancer Institute’s social workers have a broad understanding of cancer, cancer treatments, community resources, hospice care, bereavement, and more.