Blood cancer

 

Blood cancers fall into three main categories:

  • Leukaemia, which affects your white blood cells and is named according to the type of white blood cell it is affecting
  • Lymphoma, both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin, which affects your lymphatic system
  • Myeloma (also known as multiple myeloma), which affects the plasma cells in your bone marrow.

We provide the best possible care for patients who are diagnosed with haematological cancer.

We provide support, information, counselling and education to you and your relatives and carers throughout treatment.

A cancer diagnosis has a great impact on patients and carers, physically, emotionally, and psychologically. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of care for all our patients at every stage in their pathway.

More on what we do

Chemotherapy is the main treatment for most blood cancers. In some cases, targeted drugs can be used to try and control the cancer and stop it from growing.

Other treatments you may need include antibiotics and blood transfusions. Sometimes a stem cell transplant may also be needed to achieve a cure. Your treatment options will be discussed with you by one of our team.

We care for patients with blood disorders and those receiving chemotherapy, stem cell transplants, supportive therapy and palliative care associated with haematological disorders. We receive planned day-case and outpatient visits, as well as planned inpatient and emergency admissions.

Treatments

Treatment options will be discussed with you by one of our team but could include:

  • High-dose chemotherapy
  • Peripheral blood stem cell collection and re-infusion
  • Supportive therapies
  • Palliative care

Our team

Our dedicated team is made up of haematology consultants, specialist registrars, clinical nurse specialists, advanced nurse practitioners and sisters. Exeter Leukaemia Fund (ELF), a registered charity that provides vital support to patients with blood cancer, funds one of our clinical nurse specialists and also funds a support worker, an aromatherapist and a part-time physio-technician.

Consultant Haematologists:

  • Dr David Veale
  • Dr Tony Todd
  • Dr Jason Coppell
  • Dr Paul Kerr
  • Dr Loretta Ngu
  • Dr Tom Coats
  • Dr Deyna Cardosa

Clinical Nurse Specialists:

  • Clare Fox
  • Claire Lovering

Where to find us

RD&E Wonford, Barrack Rd, Exeter EX2 5DW

Level 1, Area R

Supporting you

Exeter Leukaemia Fund (ELF) provides free counselling for patients with blood cancer and their relatives and carers. Find out more at elfcharity.org.uk. To book an appointment, please telephone 01392 402879.

The Haematology Support Group meets monthly on the first Thursday of every month, 4.30pm-6pm. We discuss various topics each month and are visited by other relevant professionals such as the physio and complementary therapist. We look forward to welcoming you.

FORCE Cancer Charity works locally to support anyone affected by cancer and will work closely with the people involved in your treatment. Find out more about the support FORCE can offer at forcecancercharity.co.uk.

Health and wellbeing clinics are also offered to patients with a diagnosis of cancer to help support them through their pathway. Your nursing team will be able to provide you with more information on the structure and content of these sessions.

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