BMT and Cellular Therapy Survivorship
Our blood and marrow transplant (BMT) and cellular therapy 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 or cellular therapy. 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 the physical, psychological, spiritual and financial needs that can follow cancer treatment.
Your first BMT survivorship visit
Your first survivorship visit will take place at the end of follow-up care. You will meet with your survivorship team for an hour-long appointment that will include screening for secondary cancers, exploring healthy lifestyle recommendations or modifications and assessing for graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Your survivorship care team is knowledgeable about the effects of cancer treatments as well as long-term use of medications you may need to continue taking. Your care team will focus on your overall wellness, including your heart and bone health as well as cognitive and emotional health.
Your care team will discuss any concerns you may have and create an individual survivorship care plan for you.
Additionally, your care team can assist in establishing a primary care physician (PCP) for you and provide your PCP and primary oncologist with comprehensive information about your survivorship plan, including recommendations for screening and testing.
You may be referred to a specialist, depending on your needs. These may include:
- Oncology psychologist
- Social worker
- Financial counselor
After this first meeting, you'll visit your survivorship team on an as-needed basis, perhaps as little as just once year. They will be a resource for you for life. You can contact them at any time if you have any complications or concerns. They can seamlessly transfer your care to your BMT or cellular therapy doctor if needed.
It is our goal to help you address any symptoms or concerns you experience following your treatment. We are here for you to help manage those needs and optimize your quality of life.
Annual BMT survivorship visit
During your annual visit, your provider will review your current quality of life, including mood, overall energy and sexual health, and discuss any concerns you may have. You will receive a complete physical exam. Your survivorship care team will 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. Your care team will 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:
- Nausheen Ahmed, MD, program director
- Cherie Morey, APRN
- Sarah Fitzmaurice, APRN
- Tania Torres, RN, nurse coordinator
- Darla Beckman, LPN
The blood and marrow transplant survivorship team sees patients 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 BMT and cellular therapy survivorship program fulfills a need in our patient community:
- We specialize in caring for the needs of posttransplant and cellular therapy patients transitioning to life after treatment.
- Survivors have a unique set of healthcare needs due to late effects of chemotherapy and/or radiation.
- Posttransplant and cellular therapy challenges affect the physical and mental health of survivors, as well as their quality of life.