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Doctors

  • Primary Oncologist: Your primary oncologist has been caring for you and has sent you to the transplant doctor. He or she will get updates about how you are doing during the transplant treatment.
  • Transplant Doctor: You transplant doctor will take care of you during the transplant and send updates to your primary doctor.
  • Radiologist: A radiologist studies and reads your x-rays and scans.
  • Other Specialty Physicians: You may need to see other specialist doctors during the transplant. Your transplant doctor is always the doctor in charge of all your care during the transplant treatment. If you are confused by information given to you by the doctors, always ask your transplant doctor any questions you have.

Nurses

  • Chemotherapy Nurse/Transplant Nurse: The nurses taking care of you have special training in giving chemotherapy and helping you with any side effects you may get. They are always in touch with your doctor. Call your transplant nurse at any time if you have questions or problems.
  • Outpatient Transplant Nurse Coordinator: The outpatient nurse coordinator works with your transplant doctor. The nurse has special training in stem cell transplant. This nurse will set up any tests you need for the transplant and will teach you about the transplant. This nurse is your contact at the doctor's office. You will call this person with any questions or problems that you have.
  • Inpatient Nurse: This is the nurse who will take care of you while you are in the hospital. These nurses have special training to take care of transplant patients. They will stay in close touch with your transplant doctor.
  • Home Care Nurse: This nurse will help you if you ever need to have care at home. Your transplant nurse coordinator will work with the home care agency to set this up if needed.

Other Staff

  • Apheresis/Collection Specialist: The Apheresis Center has nurses with special training using the cell seperator machine. They will take care of you while you are getting your cells collected. There is also a transplant doctor at the collection center.
  • In-Patient Pharmacist: A transplant pharmacist checks all of your medicines for you while you are in the hospital. This person also checks for drug interactions and allergies. They will also answer any questions about your medicines at home.
  • Hospital Stem Cell Transplant Coordinator and Assistant: A Hospital Stem Cell Transplant Coordinator works at the hospital to make things go smoothly between the hospital and the doctors' offices. They help find donors that are not related to the patient if needed. They schedule the stem cell collections and transplant admissions. They work with your insurance to be sure that your treatment is covered. They make sure that the transplant facility meets all federal, state and local regulations to maintain their transplant status.
  • Social Worker: A social worker is able to help you and your family to cope with feelings and other concerns you may have. Social workers can also help with issues like transportation and financial help.
  • Dietician: Your transplant dietician will help you to make sure that you are eating right. They will help you to choose the right foods to eat.
  • Chaplains: There are champains at the hospital that can see you for religious and spiritual surpport. You can ask your nurse to call a chaplain if you would like to speak with one. 

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