What patients and families need to know
Blood and Marrow Transplantation Long-Term Follow-Up Program
At Children’s National Hospital, we are committed to enhancing your child’s quality of life after he or she has had a blood and marrow transplant1 (BMT). We’ve designed the BMT Long-Term Follow-up Program to provide ongoing support to allogeneic transplant patients – whether their treatment was for cancer, sickle cell disease or a non-cancerous immunodeficiency.
One year after your child’s BMT, he or she will be seen in our program and will continue with annual checkups as frequently as needed. Visits include a comprehensive review of your child’s overall health, designed to check the status of the disease for which he or she received the transplant.
Additionally, we will evaluate the function of the new immune system and recommend different methods of preventing infections as appropriate. Our expert physicians and nurses will also monitor for any complications related to the transplantation, working together to manage both short and long-term side effects. Early intervention by our highly-trained team can result in fewer complications.
A Multidisciplinary Team Dedicated to Your Child’s Care
In the months following your child’s transplant, he or she will receive care in the post-transplant clinic from our renowned transplant team. Once your child reaches their one year post-transplant milestone, he or she will begin being seen annually by our multidisciplinary team in the BMT Long-term Follow-up Program.
Your child may see a variety of specialists that will address any health concerns that may arise following transplant. These may include:
- Physical medicine and rehabilitation
For more information about the BMT Long-term Follow-up Program, please call 202-476-6024.
Glossary of Terms
1 Bone Marrow: The spongy center of bones that is the “factory” for all blood cells in circulationView full glossary
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