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:
- Graft versus Host Disease (GVHD)
- Lack of sleep
- Decreased nutrition
- Loss of bone mass
- Dry eyes, vision changes, cataract development
- Dry mouth, dental cavities
- Memory and concentration
- Sexual problems
- Risk for second cancers
- Changes in roles and relationships
- Family stresses
- Delayed return to work or school
- Financial concerns
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.
Contact your MD Anderson physician for referral to the Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Allogeneic Survivorship Clinic.
Location: Main Building, Floor 8, near Elevator B Get Directions
- Richard E. Champlin, M.D.
- Sergio A. Giralt, M.D.
- Amin Majid Alousi, M.D.
- Paolo Anderlini, M.D.
- Borje S. Andersson, M.D., Ph.D.
- Stefan Octavian Ciurea, M.D.
- Marcos J. De Lima, M.D.
- Chitra Hosing, M.D.
- Roy Jones, M.D.
- Partow Kebriaei, M.D.
- Issa F. Khouri., M.D.
- Yago Nieto., M.D.
- Simrit Parmar, M.D.
- Uday R. Popat, M.D.
- Muzzaffar H. Qazilbash, M.D.
- Elizabeth Shpall, M.D.
- Karen Stolar, RN, MS, FNP-BC, AOCN
- Naoto T. Ueno, M.D., Ph.D
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