Blood Cancers (Hematologic Malignancies)

The M Health Fairview Center has been a world leader in treating hematologic malignancies with blood and marrow transplant (BMT) since 1968, when the world’s first successful BMT for a cancer patient was performed here.
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Cancers of blood cells develop in the blood, bone marrow, or lymph nodes. Blood cancers can lead to low numbers of or poorly functioning white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Patients can present with fatigue, bruising or bleeding, infections, weight loss, and night sweats.

Our Approach

M Health Fairview Cancer Care is known for its innovative and groundbreaking care for patients with blood cancers. Many treatments that are now available to patients around the world were pioneered at our National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center: Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.

We have been a world leader in treating hematologic malignancies with blood and marrow transplant (BMT) since 1968, when the world’s first successful BMT for a cancer patient was performed here. Since then, our physicians have performed roughly 6,000 transplants for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other blood cancers.

Our care team creates individualized treatment plans for patients with cancers of the blood by evaluating not only the type and severity of the disease, but also the patient’s overall health and goals for treatment.

We continue to perform leading-edge research, including the use of cellular therapy to motivate the body’s own “natural killer” cells to destroy cancer cells. This research, conducted in collaboration with scientists at the Masonic Cancer Center, benefits patients who have not responded to standard therapies.

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures


Chemotherapy is a treatment option for adults or children with cancer using drugs that kill cancer cells. Often simply called “chemo,” chemotherapy is a combination of medications designed to destroy cancer cells, cause remission of your cancer or actually cure the cancer.
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Blood And Marrow Transplant & Cellular Therapy

When a condition damages the bone marrow’s ability to produce normal blood or immune cells, a bone marrow transplant may be required. This procedure replaces a person's abnormal stem cells with healthy stem cells.
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Radiation Oncology

Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays to shrink tumors, kill cancer cells, and treat other non-cancerous conditions. Several types of radiation therapy is often used to limit radiation exposure as much as possible while still delivering the optimal outcomes for patients.
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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists help people of all ages return to the activities of daily life after injury, developmental disorders, illness ,or surgery. These everyday activities may include dressing, bathing, home management skills, and leisure activities.
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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists work with children and their families to promote participation in functional activities or occupations that are meaningful to them, including self-care, motor skills, and play skills. Occupational therapy also can help when issues of self-regulation/adaptive behavior.
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Immunotherapy is an emerging form of cancer treatment with great promise and limited toxicity. Its goal is to harness the power of the patient’s immune system and use it to fight cancer. Sometimes called biological therapy, it's changing the way we think about cancer treatment.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Radiation Therapy