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Adult Autologous Transplant Service

About the Service

The Adult Autologous Transplant Service cares for patients with diseases of the blood and bone marrow. The service works to improve treatment for many diseases. These include:

  • Multiple myeloma
  • Amyloidosis
  • Lymphoma
  • Leukemia

Stem cell transplantation uses stem cells that are in the circulating blood. Stem cells are new blood cells that have not yet become a mature cell. Stem cells can become any type of blood cell. Some will be white blood cells, somewill become platelets, and some will become red blood cells. You will learn more about stem cells as you preparefor transplant.

You will have a primary transplant doctor. This is the doctor who cares for you in the clinic. Doctors on the transplant service share inpatient care. Each transplant doctor is “on service” for two-weeks at a time. During this time, the doctor on service provides day-to-day care for the patients who are in the hospital. The doctor on service when you are in the hospital may be your primary doctor. Usually it will not be. However, the doctor on service keeps all patients’ primary doctors informed. Care decisions are made together with the on service doctor and the primary doctor.

The Health Care Team

The transplant team has many health care professionals. Their job is to make sure you and your family receive the best care possible. They attend to your physical and psychological needs. Each person’s role is described below.

The attending physician is your primary doctor on the transplant service. He or she is a hematologist oncologist. They specialize in cancers of the blood and bone marrow. Your attending physician or primary doctor plans and manages your overall care. 

The fellow is a medical doctor who has finished basic medical specialty training in internal medicine. He or she is doing advanced training in hematology oncology. The fellow works with your primary doctor to plan and manage your care.

The nurse practitioner (NP) is a nurse with advanced education. He or she works closely with your primary doctor or with the on-service doctor to manage your day-to-day care. The NP can review your medical history, examine you, and write prescriptions.

The transplant coordinator is also an NP. He or she arranges the appointments you will need to prepare for transplant. These include scheduling your stem cell harvest. The coordinator will be your main teacher as you learn the skills you will need to care for yourself at home.

The clinical nurse specialist (CNS) is a nurse with advanced education in stem cell transplantation. The CNS assists in coordinating your care. He or she will see you during your hospital stay.

The ambulatory care primary nurse works with your primary doctor in the outpatient unit. He is she can answer your questions during the week. You can reach your doctor’s nurse Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The session assistant assists your team by making sure you have the needed appointments and tests. He or she is your link to your doctors and nurses.

The physician office assistant is your doctor’s secretary. He or she is in the office Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The social worker provides counseling. He or she can also tell you about other professionals you might wish to see. These include psychiatrists or psychologist. The social worker can give you information about resources where you live.