Why do hematology oncology doctors need a cbc?

It is a blood test. Hematology is the study diagnosis and treatment of blood diseases. A CBC is a complete blood count and gives the hematologist a lot of information about your blood and bone marrow.
Very important . The CBC (complete blood count ) gives us lots of information regarding red and white cells as well as platelet count. It's our main test to differentiate different blood disorders as well as monitor for improvement after treatment. Also certain medications can cause the blood counts to become abnormal so we monitor them.

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What is the definition or description of: hematology and oncology?

A speciality/of Canc. A cancer specialit is called an oncologist. Hematologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of blood disorders including anemias and cancers of the blood(leukeias and lymphomas). Read more...

Should I go to cancer center and also a hematology and oncology center?

Hemonc in cancer ctr. When you go to cancer center- unless mentioned otherwise (i.E radiation center or surgical center) , generally speaking, you will be seen by a hematologist/oncologist or a medical oncologist. In some bigger cancer centers - in addition to medical oncologist, there would be also surgical oncologist and radiation oncologist in the same place. Read more...
What is the problem. You did not explain why you want to go to cancer centre ?. First you should see your own local physician, who will refer to an oncologist, if it is a rare cancer your oncologist will refer you for experimental treatments in a cancer centre, or you seek a second opinion. Read more...
Hem. Most oncologists are also board-certified hematologist. But some cancer centers do not deal with benign hematology. Read more...

Is a pediatric hematology/oncology a type of surgeon or a nurse?

Neither. It's not a surgeon; it's a pediatrician specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancers and blood diseases. Read more...
Neither. Hematology is the study of diseases affecting the hematopoietic system, for example cancers. Hemoglobinopathies, clotting disorders etc... Oncology specializes in cancer treatment and management. A doctor specializing in pediatric hematology/oncology oversees the treatment and diagnosis of cancer of the blood and some genetic diseases. Reference: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/hematology. Read more...
Not a surgeon. Pediatric hematologist-oncologists are doctors that treat children with blood disorders and cancer. They are not surgeons, although they do perform minor surgeries (lumbar punctures and bone marrow examinations mostly). There are also nurses that are specialists in pediatric hematology/oncology and treat children in the hospital and as outpatients under the direction of the doctor. Read more...

What are the best hospitals with strong pediatric hematology/oncology?

COG members. The best pediatric hem onc hospitals are associated with the children's oncology group, which is a collaboration of specialists who have agreed to practice according to the best known standards of care, and to research better treatments in an ethical way. Us news and world reports has a list as well - http://health.Usnews.Com/best-hospitals/pediatric-rankings/cancer. Read more...
Your local hospital. Since you live in the bay area, you have multiple great choices including ucsf, oakland children's hospital, and lucille packard children's hospital (stanford). There are rare circumstances where referral to other hospitals for care is necessary. I have sent patients from florida to children's hospitals in cincinnati, philadelphia, boston, houston, st. Judes (memphis), duke, and los angeles. Read more...

My PCP says my wbc count is 14. He is sending me to a hematology/oncology specialist. What is he looking for?

Rule stuff out. There are lots of possibilities. I can do this by taking a cold shower. There are some not-very-aggressive leukemias that can present this way at your age, and you'd best be seen. Read more...
Evaluation. there are many things that can increase WBC from infection -which is the most common one, inflammation, to blood cancer etc. We are trying to help you to find the answer to why your WBC is elevated. the doc will ask u questions, examine you and get some blood tests to hopefully find the answer. Read more...