Mostly likely you’ll start your process with an initial consultation and then come for a transplant workup and arrival conference.
Before becoming patients at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), most people who are considering a transplant have a consultation. At your consultation:
- You will meet with a transplant oncologist who has expertise in the treatment of blood cancers with stem cell transplantation. This doctor will review your medical records, talk with you about your treatment options, and make recommendations for you and your referring doctor.
- A transplant nurse will answer your questions and offer you an orientation and tour.
- You will meet with a representative from Patient Financial Services to talk about how much treatment costs, what your insurance covers, and how to pay for your transplant.
- We will give you a packet of transplant information to take home.
To schedule a consultation, call (800) 804-8824. If you are from outside the area and you are not sure you can travel here for a consultation, please call us to talk about options.
During your first day at SCCA, you will have a transplant workup. You will meet your primary provider and team nurse to discuss your health history and have a physical exam and blood draw. You will also get a tour of the Transplant Clinic, which is on the sixth floor of the SCCA building. Your nurse will give you consent forms so you have time to review them before you sit down with your attending doctor for your arrival conference the next day. You will receive your Patient & Caregiver Resource Manual, too.
During your arrival conference, on the second day of your visit, you will meet with your attending doctor and team nurse to discuss your treatment plan. Every transplant patient at SCCA is cared for by a team that includes an oncologist; a fellow, a physician’s assistant, or an advanced registered nurse practitioner; and a registered nurse, a pharmacist, a dietitian, and a social worker. Your doctor will explain the transplant process, talk with you about the benefits and risks, and answer your questions. Once you feel that you understand the benefits and risks and you want to continue, you will be asked to sign consent forms giving us permission to treat you. You may bring members of your family, including the donor, to this meeting.
To learn about what comes next, read about the transplant process.