Treatments & Programs

Stem Cell Transplant

NYOH Outpatient Stem Cell Transplant Program

New York Oncology Hematology offers the region’s only stem cell transplant program. The procedure, which combines high dose chemotherapy with autologous stem cell transplant, is used to treat:

  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Hodgkin’s Disease
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Germ Cell Tumors

Unlike similar hospital-based programs in New York City and Boston, NYOH’s treatment is done at its outpatient facility at Albany Medical Center, allowing patients to stay at home, near family and friends, or at a nearby hotel. It also provides consistency, as patients can continue to see their primary oncologist during treatment.

 

The Transplant Team

The NYOH Stem Cell Transplant Program is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of cancer care professionals including: medical director program coordinator and pharmacist, and infusion therapy nurses. The team also includes home care nurses, inpatient oncology nurses, medical social workers, specialists in stem cell apheresis and patient benefits representatives.

Physician specialists include consultants in infectious diseases, cardiology, pulmonology, interventional radiology, renal disease, psychiatry and endocrinology.

Key Program Components

The transplant team is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for its patients and offers a comprehensive program that includes:

Case management: from initial referral through transfer back to referring physician

Extensive education: for the patient, family and/or caregiver, as well as on-going support

Daily office visits: Patients are seen each day for evaluation, treatment (including mobilization chemotherapy, stem cell apheresis, high dose chemotherapy and stem cell reinfusion) and administration of all supportive therapies

Home care nursing: This includes evening and weekend visits for evaluation and treatment

Inpatient hospital care: When needed, patients have direct admission to the oncology unit at Albany Medical Center

Hotel accommodations: For patients who reside more than 30 minutes from the transplant unit, accommodations at an adjoining hotel are arranged

24/7 telephone access: A member of the transplant team is on-call at all times

Meeting National Standards for Quality Outcomes

The apheresis procedure is performed in the NYOH facility at Albany Medical Center under the supervision of the program’s medical director, Dr. Ira Zackon.

The transplant program adheres to national standards for the collection, processing and storage of stem cell products through the New York Blood Service (NYBS). The NYBS has an established record in the provision of stem cell apheresis and cryopreservation services. Services are provided in accordance with the Foundation for the Accreditation of Hematopoietic standards.

As a member of the US Oncology Network, New York Oncology Hematology participates in national data collection and outcomes analysis, protocol reviews and the sharing of educational and informational resources.

More information or a consultation

Call the NYOH Stem Cell Transplant program at: (518) 262-6696.