Your Outpatient Visits
Each post-transplant patient’s care is unique. All patients will need follow-up care. The frequency of clinic visits depends on variables such as transfusion needs, electrolyte replacement, hydration and oral intake needs, and medication adjustment.
Blood will be drawn at each clinic visit for routine testing. If any red blood cell or platelet transfusions are necessary depending on the results of your counts, you will receive these while you are in clinic.
Sometimes post-transplant patients are able to return to their regular oncologists for interim care after discharge and prior to their Day 100 workup at RPCI.
About 35 days after transplant, depending on your pre-BMT disease status, a restaging study will be ordered. Other tests will be ordered depending on your diagnosis, the type of transplant you received and where your cancer originated.
At about three months, or Day 100, after your BMT, you will be re-evaluated to determine how your disease has responded to BMT. Your status at this time will determine your future medical management needs. In addition, these tests may be done:
- Routine blood work
- Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy
- Other blood work: hormonal profile, thyroid screen
- Comprehensive physical exam
- CAT scan, gallium scan, bone scan or skeletal survey, depending on your disease
Scheduling of ophthalmology consultations, gynecological exams, Pap smears and mammograms can be discussed with your physicians.