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Blood and Marrow Transplant

BMT Survivorship

Our blood and marrow transplant (BMT) survivorship program offers you a lifetime of care. Your survivorship care team watches for health issues that can arise long after your blood and marrow transplant. Our goal is to help you and your caregivers live healthy lives after treatment.

We are part of your care team starting with your diagnosis. Survivorship doctors and nurses offer education on your condition along with support for your physical, psychological, spiritual and financial needs.

Your first BMT survivorship visit

Your first survivorship visit will take place at the end of follow-up care. You will meet with your BMT survivorship team for an hour-long appointment that will include checking for recurrence, screening for secondary cancers, healthy lifestyle recommendations or modifications and a graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) assessment. We will create an individual survivorship care plan for you.

Additionally, we can assist in establishing a primary care physician (PCP) and provide your PCP and primary oncologist with comprehensive information about your survivorship plan, including recommendations for screening and testing.

As needed, we will make referrals to services depending upon your individual needs. These may include:

  • Dietitian
  • Oncology psychologist
  • Dermatologist
  • Dentist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Social worker
  • Financial counselor

After this first meeting, you'll visit your BMT survivorship team once a year. They will be a resource for you for life. You can contact them at any time if you have any complications or concerns following your transplant. They can seamlessly transfer your care to your BMT doctor if needed.

Annual BMT survivorship visit

During your annual visit, we will review your current quality of life, including mood, overall energy and sexual health, and discuss any concerns you may have. We will do a complete physical exam and provide the results to your primary care doctor.

We also provide education about your treatment, possible short- and long-term effects, and how to identify and manage complications. We watch for cancer recurrence and manage your treatment side effects.

Your annual survivorship visits include:

  • Physical exam
  • Education on your treatment and possible short- and long-term effects
  • Identifying and managing complications and overall health
  • Monitoring for cancer recurrence
  • Assessing and managing your treatment side effects
  • Risk assessments for related heart health issues
  • Risk assessments and education for family members

BMT survivorship team

The BMT survivorship team was formed December 2016. Members include:

  • Cherie Morey, APRN
  • Erin Winters, RN, nurse manager
  • Tania Torres, RN, nurse coordinator
  • Darla Beckman, LPN

Location

The Blood and Marrow Transplant Survivorship Clinic is on Level 3 of the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Care Pavilion, at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Belinder Road in Westwood, Kansas. The cancer care pavilion offers free valet parking at the entrance and free garage parking east of the entrance.

Helping our community

The Blood and Marrow Transplant Survivorship Clinic fulfills a need in our patient community:

  • The clinic specializes in caring for the needs of posttransplant patients transitioning to life after treatment.
  • Survivors have a unique set of healthcare needs due to late effects of chemotherapy and/or radiation.
  • Posttransplant challenges affect the physical and mental health of survivors, as well as their quality of life.

 

Blood cancer survivors.

Survivors on staff

Members of our blood cancer care team know what it’s like to be a patient because each was once a patient here herself.
Their stories

Start your path today.

Your journey to health starts here. Call 913-588-1227 or request an appointment at The University of Kansas Cancer Center.

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