Why choose us for iron overload disorder care?
Iron overload disorder (hemochromatosis) causes deposits of iron to build up in your organs, making you feel sick. Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, delivers specialized care for this condition.
Our fellowship-trained blood disorder specialists (hematologist oncologists) can detect subtle signs of the disease. Our goal is to help you receive timely care. We pay careful attention to your needs throughout treatment, which keeps therapies moving forward.
Iron overload disorder is one of the many blood disorders we treat. Find out more about our blood disorder (hematology) program.
What you need to know about hemochromatosis
- Iron is a nutrient we normally get from the foods we eat. It helps the blood deliver oxygen to your organs. With iron overload disorder, the body absorbs too much iron and stores it in the liver, joints, pancreas or heart.
- Excessive iron buildup can damage your organs. It can lead to problems such as diabetes, abnormal heart rhythms and irreversible liver damage (cirrhosis).
- Iron overload disorder is often passed down in families through abnormal genes. Most people don’t start experiencing symptoms until middle age.
- Hemochromatosis is a blood disorder, not cancer. However, certain complications, including cirrhosis, can lead to cancer. Receiving care from an experienced program such as ours can lower the risk.
How to talk to your doctor about hemochromatosis
Learning you have iron overload disorder may come as a surprise. We are here for you with answers and personalized recommendations to help you feel more in control of your situation.
Feel free to ask us about:
- Further testing that may be necessary to confirm a diagnosis or check for signs of complications
- Treatments and how often you need them
- Cancer risks and the steps we can help you take to manage them
Hemochromatosis often requires lifelong care, but you don’t have to face it alone. We explain treatment options in ways that are easy to understand. We invite you to bring loved ones with you to your appointments for support.