If I have a blood problem (issue), why am I seeing a doctor in a cancer practice?

Hematology-oncology physicians specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of blood diseases (hematology) and cancer(oncology) and research into them. Hematology-oncology includes such diseases as iron deficiencyanemiahemophiliasickle cell disease, the thalassemias, leukemias and lymphomas, as well as cancers of other organs.

Many patients with hematological or blood disorders do not have cancer. However, this dual-specialty treats patients with and without cancer.

What is the Prothrombin Time Test, Pro Time or PT/INR test ordered by my doctor?

Prothrombin time test belongs to a group of blood tests that assess the clotting ability of blood. An INR is useful in monitoring the impact of anticoagulant (“blood thinning”) medicines, such as Warfarin (Coumadin).

Why is a PTT ordered?

Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time; aPTT; APTT,  as part of an investigation of a possible bleeding disorder or thrombotic episode; to monitor unfractionated (standard) heparin anticoagulant therapy.