What this Module Involves
This module first conducts a basic overview of the red blood cell and the constituents of haemoglobin. We then cover the main drugs used to increase numbers of RBCs, WBCs and platelets before covering the main families of chemotherapy drugs in use. The next part of the module involves looking at different blood films and investigations used in haematology. We then look at the different types of anaemia, leukhaemias lymphomas before covering the vasculitides and clinical chemistry.
To begin with, we have a one page summary of the key building blocks needed to make haemoglobin and red blood cells. By understanding this, it gives us a good platform to understand the different types of anaemia and their different aetiology and treatment.
Section 2: pharmacology
This first covers the various stimulant drugs used to boost numbers of RBCs, WBCs and platelets. A large part of this section then involves looking at the different types of chemotherapy, their mechanism of action and potential side effects.
Section 3: Tests and investigations
This starts with looking at blood films and highlighting the main histological findings of the important conditions. We then go through the different types of haematological investigations used, such as enzyme assays, blood counts and bone marrow biopsies.
We start by going through the different types of anaemia, and their different causes. The next section involves looking at the blood cancers such as leukhaemias, lymphoma and myeloproliferative disorders, before finishing off with a section on clinical chemistry.
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