ICON Cancer Care (formerly known as HOCA)
Level 1, Chermside Medical Complex
956 Gympie Road
Chermside QLD 4032

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Specialist profile - Dr Pitcher

Noosa, Sunshine Coast

Outpatient Consulting Suites
111 Goodchap Street
Noosaville QLD 4566

ph: 07 5455 9216

fax: 07 5455 9455

Noosa Hospital
Specialist details

BloodCare - Expertise in Haematology

Haematology is the study of blood (cells and plasma), the blood forming tissues and blood diseases.

Blood diseases (or haematopathology) can include disorders of red cells that carry oxygen, white cells that fight infection and provide allergic responses, and platelets that help blood to clot. Abnormalities of the plasma component of blood can also affect bleeding and clotting.

Below is a menu of the types of problems that may require assessment by a haematologist.

Red cell disorders

  • Anaemia
  • Thalassaemia
  • Haemolysis (red cell destruction)
  • Hereditary Spherocytosis
  • G-6PD Deficiency
  • Polycythaemia
  • Paroxysmal Nocturnal Haemoglobinuria (PNH)

White cell disorders

  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Neutropenia
  • Leukaemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Eosinophilia
  • Mast cell disease
  • Plasma Cell Disorders
  • Myelodysplasia
  • Other disorders due to high or low counts, or abnormal white cell function

Platelet disorders

  • Thrombocytopenia (low counts) including ITP
  • Thrombocytosis (high counts)
  • Von Willebrand Disease (VWD)
  • Platelet function disorders
  • See also bleeding issues

Bleeding issues

  • Von Willebrand Disease (VWD)
  • Haemophilia
  • Women’s issues including heavy periods and pregnancy/obstetric care
  • Connective tissue disorders
  • Investigation of easy bruising

Clotting issues

  • Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) including Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
  • Inherited Thrombophilia (hypercoagulable state)
  • Factor V Leiden Mutation
  • Acquired clotting disorders
  • Anticoagulation
  • Thromboprophylaxis (preventing clots)

Late effects of treatment

  • Long term follow-up
  • Survivorship and surveillance after intensive chemotherapy
  • Iron overload
  • Post-splenectomy care

Haematinic (nutritional) issues

  • Iron deficiency
  • B12 deficiency
  • Pernicious Anaemia
  • Haemochromatosis (iron overload)
  • Coeliac disease
  • Anorexia
  • Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome)