Having studied Hematology / Oncology,
Dr. Houck has been trained
to diagnose and provide treatment for blood-related disorders and all types of cancer, which can range from the common to the very rare and complex. Dr. Houck is trained to provide care as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team, working in conjunction with other physicians and specialists to ensure the highest possible standard of care.
Hematology/oncology is a highly specialized field of medicine that serves to diagnose and treat patients suffering from hematologic (blood-related) disorders and malignant (cancerous) diseases. Because many cancers involve the blood, and the two specialties of hematology and oncology often overlap in this regard, the specialized field of hematology/oncology has emerged.
Having trained in both hematology and oncology, these physicians are capable of diagnosing and treating both blood-related disorders and cancer as separate diseases. However, hematologist oncologists are also specialists at providing treatment for patients suffering from the many disorders that overlap into both specialties, such as cancers affecting the blood. Examples of these types of conditions include lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma, among others.
Hematologist oncologists often work as part of a multidisciplinary medical team to provide the requisite treatment to patients. Medical teams may include radiologists, psychiatrists and nuclear medicine specialists, among others. Hematologist oncologists draw upon their vast knowledge of both medical specialties to ensure that patients are receiving complete medical care, as disorders of this nature can be very complex and wide-ranging.