Upon diagnosis and initiation of treatment with the Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program, you will be assigned to a primary hematologist.
A hematologist is a doctor who specializes in finding and treating conditions that arise in the blood and blood-forming tissues, including bone marrow. Your primary hematologist will oversee all the treatment you receive.
The Leukemia/BMT Program is also staffed with the assistance of a group of Bone Marrow Transplant Fellows and Clinical Associates. “Fellows” are physicians who have completed training in internal medicine, hematology or oncology and who are doing further training in the Leukemia/BMT field. “Clinical Associates” are general practitioners working in the Leukemia/BMT field.
It is likely that you will meet several doctors from the Leukemia/BMT Program throughout your treatment. The doctors work in rotations that change every one to two months with the exception of the clinical associate doctors, who work exclusively on the Leukemia/BMT Outpatient Unit. Your medical care will be consistent regardless of changes in the rotation.
Every day that you are on the unit (inpatient or outpatient), the doctor(s) will review your case. If necessary they will examine you, and make any needed changes to your treatment.
If a referral is required to another specialist, such as a cardiologist, the Leukemia/BMT Program will organize that.