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.