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Dr. David Rizzieri

Hematology and Oncology
Ararat, VA
31 years experience male

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Wednesday: Closed
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Bio

I was trained at the University of Rochester and Duke University. My practice focuses on translational research in hematologic malignancies and bone marrow transplantation.

Specialties
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Hematology and Oncology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

54 Answers
16 Agrees
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
No: It is not inherited and not 'genetic' in the sense that you pass it on between generations. There is a specific genetic abnormality that develops that... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Not really...: Both uncommon diseases and few reports of the same patient having both illnesses.
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Blood cancer or tx: Immature white blood cells can be normal if they are located in the blood factory ( bone marrow ) and lead to further blood development. If the blood ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Probably not: For most uses, habing had this illness and the required therpies would then make you ineligible to donate. However, of it ha been many yrs and the nee... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Kissing cousins!: When a blood cell starts growing out of control in the place where it is 'born', i.e. The blood factory or bone marrow, then it creates a leukemia. W... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Yes: This is one of many common recipes for a variety of cancers.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
It can vary: These type of neoplasms have a variable course and require close follow up with your doctor, typically with regular blood examinations after evacuatio... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
not usually: While immune disorders can be associated with a number of other systemic issues, this is not a typical combination of problems.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
It varies: The specific subtype of leukemia, remission status at start of transplant, type of donor, type of chemotherapy or radiation used for the transplant ar... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
How high is high?: Platelets can be increased in response to many insults, including iron loss (though you note no anemia), immune disorders, or other less common causes... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Oftentimes: Sometimes chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) accelerates or turns to blast crisis (acute leukemia). Rarely chronic lymphoid leukemia transforms to more ag... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
When in remission: The other part of the answer is the timing of the transplant for the above disorders. While it is common to consider transplant as a 'last resort' or... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Yes: It often is, though it is not specific.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
A sign vs a disease: Anemia refers to a low red blood cell count and diminished capacity to carry oxygen. This has many causes. Leukemia is a cancer- a type of white bloo... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Pcr-FISH-karyotype: There are 3 main types of genetic tests. The old standard is to take a blood sample from the hip (marrow) and grow cells to look at all the chromosom... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Maybe: This most often comes up as an issue in cll. Be careful there... It is not the observation of the disease that causes the progression to leukemia. In... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Sure...: Aplastic anemia can be life threatening -so tell your hematologist all the supplements you try... Aa is considered in part a problem with the immune s... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Specifics matter...: Specifically, bone cancer is a type of sarcoma. It is more common in children/ young adults and usually one hopes to detect it early enough that surge... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Maybe but uncommon: There are many reasons for low red blood cell counts (anemia). The most common are blood loss (i.e. From the gut or colon or menses). Thus, while an... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Different cell type: Leukemias typically originate when one of the white blood cell types starts multiplying out of control and preventing the normal cells from doing thei... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Usually sporadic: CML is associated with a known genetic abnormality (t(9;22) - otherwise known as the philadelphia chromosome). It is not known what in the environment... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Your primary Doc 1st: There are many reasons for anemia. Your physician team likely will evaluate for blood loss (typically in the stool), or blood breakdown (meaning you a... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Older...: For all, children rarely get leukemia but this is the type they usually get. For adults, AML is the most common acute type and its incidence increases... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Not likely: The agent has been used safely at varying doses for decades. Typically a very very well tolerated agent, though rarely some patients have ulcerating ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Yes: May occur, but is not absolute.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
With targeted agents: It is rare in children, however in adults we have a new group of oral pills that can control this disease for most patients for many, many years. It ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
In remission is best: The 'time' is not absolute. If transplant is considered appropriate for a patient, we'd prefer the patient to be in remission or with only a minimal ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Yes: For initial diagnosis, they are nearly useless. While one may be able to tell a blood cancer versus another type, there are about 150 different types... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Not quite: It is very prevalent and typically type 16 and 18 are the culprits, however it probably isn't accurate to say 'all' are caused by it.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Low: While there are a number of genetic syndromes that involve colon cancers, they typically involve 2 or more family members before there is meaningful c... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
It's a good thing!: Blasts are immature blood cells. They normally grow and mature in the marrow and then the more adult cells are extruded into the blood stream to perf... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Not specifically: There are many reasons for anemia. While leukemia is one of them it is very uncommon.
A member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
About 4-6 weeks: There are 2 steps- the first is to collect your stem cells which usually is a 5-15 day process. Then the next step is the transplant phase which usual... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
And a few more: The leukemia and lymphoma society is outstanding (lls.Org) as is the american society of hematology (hematology.Org); for new studies, most worth cons... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Try to get details..: Specifically, bone cancer is a type of sarcoma. It is more common in children/ young adults and usually one hopes to detect it early enough that surge... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Both: An old axiom is everyones phenotype (how they appear- their illnesses etc) is due to their genes plus the environment plus the interaction of the 2...... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Depends,....: The specific leukemia, remission status at transplant, chemo/radiation used to do the transplant etc all must be considered to provide more informatio... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Depends.....: I have great respect for their philosophy. By 'asian' healers you likely mean traditional therapy and not western pills, and we should remember that s... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Try to get details..: Specifically, bone cancer is a type of sarcoma. It is more common in children/ young adults and usually one hopes to detect it early enough that surge... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Only sometimes...: I agree cll is not curable for most patients. For some patients who are robust, a consultation at a marrow /stem cell transplant center is warranted ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Not usually: Depending on the circumstance we sometimes test for both, however we typically do not test for both at the same time in the same patient.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
It is noted in men: Causes may vary for the loss of the blood factory's ability to function well. While some may be related to gender issues, there are many diagnoses tha... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Dont jump conclusion: See you primary care doctor or midlevel provided for the bruising and weight loss issue. There are many possible reasons, though leukemia is very unc... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Usually many yrs: Many pts survive many years with this diagnosis./ your doctor likely discussed the genetic tests and blood work that can help define the rate of progr... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Yes- if indicated: If your team feels it is indicated they can usually do a biopsy unless you have another bleeding disorder.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Assemble a good team: What type of leukemia you have will guide your therapy. In adults the chronic, slow growing lymphoid or myeloid leukemias are common, as are the very ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Patience.......: Depending on his illness, to help his quality of life and hopefully lead to a long life there may not be another way other than taking some medicines.... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
No clear data: Good question, however we don't know the impact of these things on this form of cancer. There are a few international consortiums following family co... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
No: But it can be common depending on the chemo.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rizzieri
Hematology and Oncology 31 years experience
Keep informed: New therapies are available for this disease. When to use these depends on your specific risk features (you will learn terms such as genetic risks for... Read More

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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, NY
Graduated 1991MD

Residency

Strong Memeorial, Internal Medcine
Completed 1994

Affiliations

Duke University
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