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Stem Cell Transplant Survivorship Clinic

You are finished with your active treatment and moving to the next phase of your life and next phase of your care. You may find life returns to what you knew before you had cancer. Or, you may find that physical, psychosocial or financial concerns continue because of cancer treatments. Patients often call this the "new normal."

MD Anderson’s Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Allogeneic Survivorship Clinic can help develop a plan for your ongoing health care. You will receive care based on specific guidelines designed for survivors just like you who have been treated at MD Anderson. Our team works closely with specialized health care providers to monitor and manage late effects related to cancer and its therapies.

The clinic addresses your physical and psychosocial care. They:

  • Review your recent medical history and perform a physical examination
  • Conduct a complete assessment to detect cancer recurrence or progression
  • Identify and help manage side effects of cancer and treatment
  • Develop a treatment summary and follow-up care plan
  • Provide education and referrals related to: 
    • Cancer screening examinations
    • Health behaviors that reduce cancer risk
    • Survivorship resources at MD Anderson or in the community

Your survivorship team includes your stem cell transplantation clinic doctor and stem cell transplant survivorship nurse practitioner, and a patient services coordinator who work closely with other specialized doctors and nurses who treated you at MD Anderson. For your non-cancer check-up, we will communicate with your primary care provider or oncologist in your community and expect you to follow up regularly with that provider.

Side Effects & Symptoms

The survivorship clinic specializes in identifying and treating late effects, which are symptoms that may appear months or years after treatment has ended. The late effects will depend on your cancer type and treatment(s).

Late effects and symptoms you may experience include:

Physical Effects

Emotional Effects

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Anger

Social Effects

  • Changes in roles and relationships
  • Family stresses
  • Delayed return to work or school
  • Financial concerns
  • Sexuality

Remember, it is important to communicate with your health care team through every stage of your cancer experience. The transplant process does not end when you leave the hospital or when you return to your local doctor. Some survivors need more information and use more support services than others use, depending upon their diagnosis and treatment. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your health care team.

Referral

Contact your MD Anderson physician for referral to the Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Allogeneic Survivorship Clinic. 

Clinic Information

Location: Main Building, Floor 8, near Elevator B  Get Directions
Phone: 1-877-632-6789

Clinicians

Survivor Stories

Read about people who are surviving and thriving after their cancer experience.

Cynthia Cargill Cynthia Cargill,
Acute Myelogenous Leukemia

 

 

Ken Woo Ken Woo, Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Online Services

Take advantage of our online services, including myMDAnderson, the personalized site that helps you manage your cancer treatment:

  • Appointment schedules
  • Secure messaging with your care team
  • Patient education, billing, and more

Go to myMDAnderson


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