Patients at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) are taken care of by physicians, advanced practice providers, registered nurses and other specialists who specialize in bone marrow transplant and are among the best in the nation. We surround you with experts who focus solely on bone marrow transplant, day in and day out.
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What each team member does
These health care professionals work closely with your physician in the clinic. There are two types: physician assistants (PAs) and advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNPs). They help provide and coordinate your treatment and can see you independently from your physician. They also help manage the effects of your disease and treatment.
This physician specializes in bone marrow transplants and will oversee your treatments.
Your attending physician:
- Meets you for an initial consultation, which includes reviewing your medical records and talking with you about your treatment options and make recommendations for you and your referring provider.
- Meets you for your arrival conference where they will discuss your treatment plan, your transplant process and any questions you have.
- Meets you for your data-review conference to explain results of your evaluation, answer your questions and get your official consent to move ahead with a transplant.
- Sees you on a regular schedule to check how your disease responds to treatment and how you are overall.
- Offers you ways to prevent, relieve and cope with side effects of treatment — like medicine to help with nausea.
- Coordinates with the rest of your care team if you need other types of treatment.
During your medical evaluation, you may meet with a dietitian. Dietitians at SCCA have specialized training and knowledge about nutrition for cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship. Most have earned a Master’s degree in their related field and are certified as specialists in Oncology Nutrition by the Commission on Dietetic Registration, the crediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Your nurse manages your care alongside your physician.. They also assist with procedures and treatments. Nurses are resources for you and your caregiver. They answer questions and help with a wide range of topics, like how to cope with side effects or get other services you need at SCCA.
There are a few types of nurses you will work with as a transplant patient:
- Transplant nurse
- At the initial consultation, the transplant nurse will answer your questions, explain the transplant process in depth and offer you a tour of our clinic and facilities.
- Is is available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you and your caregiver.
- Transition Services nurse
- Will help you prepare for the transitions that will occur throughout your transplant process — such as the transition from your inpatient hospital stay, if you have one, to outpatient care at the SCCA clinic and then to care at home.