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“As we now understand these cancers much better than before, we are able to cure more and more of them.”

Dr Dominique Bron,
Head of Haemato-oncology at the Institut Jules Bordet.

How we treat blood cell cancers

The Institut Jules Bordet treats all haematological cancers, ie blood cell and lymphatic cancers.

The examinations required to confirm and specify diagnosis depend on the type of cancer:

  • For blood cancers (leukaemia, myelodysplasia):
    • blood tests and bone marrow aspiration to enable a detailed genetic analysis;
    • bone marrow biopsy;
    • ultrasound of the liver and spleen.
  • For lymphatic cancers (non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, etc):
    • full clinical examination focusing particularly on the lymph nodes (which is where lymphomas originate);
    • blood tests;
    • biopsy and bone marrow aspiration;
    • PET scan;
    • other examinations specific to the site of the condition: brain scan, digestive endoscopy, skin biopsy, etc.