Your Medical Team at the University of Colorado Cancer Center Blood Cancer and Bone Marrow Transplant Program
The University of Colorado Cancer Center uses a multidisciplinary team approach to care.
That means we bring all types of cancer specialists – including surgeons, oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, nurses, social workers, geneticists, counselors and more – to review your case, follow its progress and develop ways to achieve the best results.
We atttract the best
As a leading national cancer center (and the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center in our vast region), we attract many of the country’s best specialists. Medical knowledge, as you might know, doubles every four years. Keeping up with it all is often hard for a community physician. But because each attending physician here is on the faculty of the renowned University of Colorado School of Medicine, each not only knows the latest proven treatments and research, but teaches it.
What this means for you
It means that each doctor on your care team has superior training in his or her area of expertise. These doctors then combine their specialties to create a patient-focused approach for you.
Below is a list of all members of our team, including those who treat patients undergoing transplants.
Our experts at your service
Oncologist/Hematologist – Each doctor in our group specializes in blood cancer, including stem cell transplantation. All, as well as the rest of the transplant team, meet weekly as a group to discuss your care and progress.
Hematopathologist – A doctor who identifies disease by studying tissues using state-of-the-art techniques, including the microscope, immunophenotyping, cytogenetics and gene-rearrangement studies.
Radiologist – A doctor who uses medical imaging technologies like CT scans, PET scans and MRIs to diagnose and sometimes treat disease, and to determine the effectiveness of various treatments.
Infectious Disease Specialist – A doctor who specializes in the prevention and treatment of disease caused by infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses or fungi.
Oncology and Transplant Fellow – A doctor who is receiving additional, specialized training in oncology and stem cell transplantation. Fellows work closely with, and under the supervision of, other team doctors to manage your care.
Nurse Practitioner – A registered nurse with a master’s degree, advanced training and board certification in patient assessment and medical management. Our nurse practitioners have many years of experience and are specialists at providing high quality, holistic, patient-centered medical care.
Clinical Coordinator – A nurse who works with you, your referring doctor, and members of the transplant team to coordinate all aspects of your transplant process.
Clinical Nurse Specialist/Educator – A nurse who provides and coordinates staff development and formal and informal education for the inpatient nursing staff.
BMT Nursing Staff – Nurses skilled in the special and complex care needed for cancer and stem cell transplant patients. You will see many of the same nurses in the inpatient, outpatient and pheresis areas.
Charge Nurses – A staff nurse who has leadership skills and responsibilities. Every shift has a charge nurse who coordinates the shift and unit activities.
Nurse Manager – A nurse manager oversees the functioning of the inpatient BMT unit as well as the outpatient clinic and infusion centers.
Other Support Professionals
Certified Nursing Assistant/ Nurse Intern – Nursing assistants trained to assist you with showers, meal trays and self-care needs. The nursing assistants work closely with your nurse.
Medical Assistants – Staff members who assist the nursing personnel in delivering your care.
Patient Services Coordinator – A staff member who provides secretarial support for the inpatient BMT unit.
Care Team Assistant/ Scheduler – These staff members work with you to schedule testing, scans, appointments, biopsies and other visits when needed.
Dietician – A trained professional who monitors your nutritional status and needs. You may meet with the dietician several times throughout your transplant to learn about your special diet needs.
Psychologist – The transplant team psychologist is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in psycho-oncology and the psychosocial needs of patients and their families. The BMT psychologist is available to patients and their family members throughout the transplant process to provide emotional support and ideas for coping with transplant-related stress.
Chaplain – A member of our pastoral support team who can help address your spiritual needs. The chaplain is available for assistance with ethical decisions, prayer and religious rites, and to arrange for a priest, rabbi or other denominational representative to visit with you.
Pharmacist – A trained health professional who works with the physicians and other team members to monitor your drug therapy. The pharmacist will assist you in filling your prescription medications and discuss side effects and drug interactions with you and your caregivers.
Social Worker – Throughout the transplant process, this trained professional can provide information about financial support, housing and discharge planning and can help patients access multiple resources in the community.
Physical Therapist – This trained health professional helps with your physical abilities and may develop an exercise program to maintain or regain your strength.