Hematology involves the diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, and prevention of blood diseases such as anemia and hematological malignancies such as lymphoma and leukemia.

As a hematologist, Dr. Omar Atiq and Dr. Ahmad Ali Fora uses diagnostic testing to detect blood diseases and cancers. He then develops a treatment plan, which may include chemotherapy or therapeutic phlebotomy – drawing blood for the purpose of treating a disease such as hemochromatosis (iron overload) or polycythemia.

Anemia is a blood disorder characterized by a lack of red blood cells or hemoglobin, a substance in red blood cells. This condition occurs if not enough normal hemoglobin or red blood cells are produced, too many red blood cells are destroyed, or if too much blood is lost. There are many types and causes of anemia. If possible, we will treat the underlying cause of your condition. A blood transfusion may be necessary for people with severe anemia.

Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that develops in the lymphatic system. The two main types are Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which is much more prevalent than Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Lymphoma is one of the most curable and manageable forms of cancer.

Leukemia is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow, the spongy center of bones where blood cells are formed. The disease develops when blood cells produced in the bone marrow grow out of control.

For more information about hematology services in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, or to request an appointment with our hematologists, Dr. Atiq or Dr. Ahmad Ali Fora, call Arkansas Cancer Institute at (870) 535-2800.

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