Autologous Stem Cell Transplant Program Team
Our team consists of:
Transplant Nurse Practitioner
The transplant nurse practitioner meets all patients before they are admitted into the program and assists the transplant physician with many aspects of patient care.
Transplant Nurse Coordinator
The transplant nurse coordinator works with the transplant team, including caregivers, to ensure that all tests and treatments are planned, scheduled and carried out. The transplant nurse coordinator educates patients about transplant care and helps coordinate home, office and hospital care.
Experienced oncology registered nurses are responsible for planning care with patients and families. These nurses have special training in care for patients who are receiving a stem cell transplant, including chemotherapy administration and managing potential side effects.
Clinical Research Associate
This clinical research associate is a certified clinical research professional with special emphasis on stem cell transplant. The associate is responsible for program data management, patient follow-up and submission of information to the Autologous Bone Marrow Transplant Registry.
Oncology Social Workers and Cancer Counselors
Oncology social workers help with facilitate communications with the health care team and assist with needs such as housing, transportation, medication assistance programs and filing disability claims. Cancer counselors can also help cancer patients, their families and friends cope with the emotional effects of cancer on their lives. Oncology social workers and cancer counselors can be seen whenever they are needed: before, during or after transplant. These services are provided by Providence at no charge to the patient or family.
An oncology dietitian meets with all patients before transplant. The dietitian understands the nutritional requirements of patients undergoing treatment and can answer any questions about diet.
Pharmacists experienced in chemotherapy and other medications used during transplant are available to patients at the hospital.
A physical therapist will see all transplant patients if hospitalization is part of the treatment plan. The physical therapist will develop an exercise program for the patient to maintain strength during treatment.
Chaplains are always available at the hospital for pastoral and spiritual care. Priests are available to give communion as appropriate.