Blood Cancer Treatment: The Importance of Information to Make Decisions

In some situations, patients who are diagnosed with a blood cancer such as lymphoma may be presented with treatment options and the physician may give the patient the chance to decide on the treatment plan. However, this task is often not easy. Patients are overwhelmed by the diagnosis and confused the medical information they are given. Therefore, Dr. Alireza Eghtedar, MD, from the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute shares in this video how he helps patients with blood cancers, acute leukemia, and lymphomas by providing an overview of the treatment options.

“Most blood cancers, including acute leukemia, are very hard to treat, basically to control. When I encounter patients with these type of leukemias and lymphomas, I try to explain the disease process and treatment options that we have available, including our clinical trials that they might be fit for,” explains the physician in the video shared at the Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at P/SL Youtube channel. “I try to delineate each option in terms of efficacy and what to expect.”

Dr. Eghtedar added that he presents people with information about other patients who have previously been treated in clinical trials. Treatment options for patients who suffer from lymphoma include chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapy, radiation therapy, or stem cell transplant, and in very rare cases, surgery might be an option. Patients are often observed by a team rather than just one doctor since a hematologist treats diseases of the blood, a medical oncologist treats cancer with medication, and a radiation oncologist treats cancer with radiation.

The combined opinions may improve the overall treatment plan.

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Leonor is an information content creator and occasional news journalist. She holds a master's and bachelor’s degree in Communication and post-graduate degree in Multiplatform Journalism. She is particularly interested in politics and current affairs, and is currently studying for a masters degree in economics and public policies.

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