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Dr. William Hocking

Hematology and Oncology
MARSHFIELD, WI
49 years experience male

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I am a hematologist-oncologist in practice for 35 years. I have interest specifically in breast cancer management, lung cancer (specifically screening issues) and thrombo-embolic disorders.

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Hematology and Oncology

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33 Answers
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Need to know more: We need to know the stage of disease and whether the tumor expresses hormone receptors, HER 2 in order to estimate prognosis and make treatment recomm... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Yes: The presence of cancer frequently is not reflected by any abnormal blood tests. Leukemia usually, but not always will be reflected in an abnormal CBC ... Read More
A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Arthritis, not AVN: Hemochromatosis is associated with development of arthritis that can affect multiple joints, but is not generally associated with avascular necrosis.
A female asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
See a neurologist: This sounds like either a type of peripheral neuropathy (injury to sensory nerves in the arms) that can be caused by a number of factors, or less like... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Sign of bleeding: Petechiae result from bleeding from small vessels which result either from a blood disorder, most commonly low platelet count, or a disorder of the bl... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Minimal: First, MRI and ultrasound do not increase risk of cancer. These do not involve exposure to any radiation. CT imaging and to a lesser extent plain x-ra... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Most likely ITP: There are many causes of thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) but in a young person otherwise in good health, idiopathic immune thrombocytopenia (itp... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Urinary infection: This symptom is not due to cold weather. Urinating frequently is usually a symptom of urinary tract infection and you should have a urinalysis perfor... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Many causes: There are many causes of low platelet counts, but the most common cause of isolated low platelets is either drug toxicity or immune-mediated thrombocy... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
No: Severe anemia might impair libido, but mild to moderate iron deficiency anemia should not
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Yes and possibly: A DVT can be present for some time with minimal symptoms and no complications such as pulmonary embolism (blood clot in lungs), but will not usually r... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Jaundice not usual: Jaundice is not usually a sign of PA. PA causes a severe anemia with large red blood cells and may be associated with neurologic symptoms and stomach ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Not useful: CEA and CA19-9 are tumor markers that can be useful in following the progression or response of a known tumor. Neither is useful as a diagnostic test ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Rash may be from sun: This type of rash can occur from chronic sun exposure. Severe vitamin C deficiency, disorders of platelet function and some drug reactions can also ca... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Many possibilities: This sounds like it may be due to irritation of the pleural lining of the the lung (pleuritis) on that side. This could be due to infection or a blood... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Usually not: Gliosarcoma is a rare variant of glioblastoma. Rarely, this may occur as part of a familial/hereditary syndrome, but most are sporadic and not heredit... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Depends on iron: Generally I would expect recovery within a month to a normal hemoglobin, but this will depend on whether your iron stores are normal. I suggest rechec... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Further workup: It sounds l like you should have further evaluation. This would usually be done with either an ultrasound-guided biopsy if the lesion is seen on US, o... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
May need more: It is difficult to exclude a blood clot just by exam. The approach should involve asking about risk factors (e.g. birth control pills, recent surgery,... Read More
A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Several possibilitie: There are several possibilities, but this may simply be a slow recovery after engraftment, especially if the trend is one of gradual improvement. You... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
She needs to be seen: These symptoms are not likely due to breast cancer. Depending upon age, symptoms most likely due to infection or a blood clot. Lung cancer can also ca... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Infection or cancer: The most common cause is an infection in the region of the draining lymph node. Another concern is a malignancy. If the lymph node is persistently enl... Read More
A 72-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Neurology Consult: I don't think it is possible to evaluate these complaints without an thorough examination. I recommend either seeing your primary care provider or pos... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Yes: This is a progestin which carries a lower risk of DVT (blood clots) than estrogen contraceptives, but there is still a risk and if you have persistent... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Check blood count: This may simply be due to a local problem in the mucosal lining of the nose, but it could also reflect a problem with a low platelet count or less lik... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Many causes: These are relatively minimal abnormalities, but should not be dismissed without some follow-up over time. Low white and neutrophil counts can be cause... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Depends on stage: Early age of onset suggests this patient may be a carrier of a BRCA mutation. Prognosis depends primarily on stage, so without that information, it i... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Not likely: Your symptoms suggest you may be having problems with gastro-esophageal reflux, more than concern about a brain tumor. It is unlikely that a brain tu... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Urinary infection: These findings are consistent with a urinary tract infection which should be treated with an appropriate antibiotic.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
No risk: A single chest CT does not pose a risk to you of developing any type of malignancy. Multiple scans over time can increase risk.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Many possibilities: RBC morphology is the appearance of the red cells under the microscope. The are numerous abnormalities that can occur in different types of illness. S... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Bone Marrow: In adults, all of the blood cells are produced in the bone marrow, including red blood cells. Under some abnormal conditions, blood cells may be produ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Hocking
Hematology and Oncology 49 years experience
Yes you are at risk: 2nd hand smoke, or environmental tobacco smoke, is estimated to cause about 20% of the lung cancers in people who have never smoked. It is important t... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hocking is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hocking is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Pancreatic tumor; resectable; local reoccurrence only 1 year later; RT and chemo now. What I can say is that IRE may be part of treatment plan if not resectable again. G...Read More
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Your answer made me feel good, thanks! Thanks doctor, I appreciate your effort
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Thanks for your answer.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Tulane University School of Medicine, LA
Graduated 1973MD

Residency

UCLA

Awards

Gwen D. Sebold Research Fellowship, Marshfield Clinic
Top Oncologist and Hematologist , Third Place, Wisconsin - Fall
2014
Top Doctor, First Place, Marshfield Region - Fall
2014

Affiliations

American Society Of Hematology
American Society Of Clinical Oncology
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