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As healthcare innovations advance and treatment options for older adults increase, the Transplant Optimization Program (TOP) at UChicago Medicine plays a vital role in assisting stem cell transplant patients who are at least 50 years old.
Our TOP clinic provides patients with a personalized supportive care plan that fosters more successful transplant outcomes. At the TOP clinic, our physicians and advanced practice nurses (APNs) start with a medical history assessment before your visit, followed by a full day of interdisciplinary evaluations with the following teams:
You'll also complete a health status survey, which measures your physical function and activity, other health conditions, medications, social support, social activity, nutrition and emotional health.
Following your visit, our team members complete their evaluations and gather for an interdisciplinary meeting. From this, formal written recommendations are provided to your transplant doctor, and also can be viewed by other team members to optimize your care throughout the transplant process.
You will also attend a follow-up appointment with your primary physician outlining recommendations and a treatment plan.
Prior to your visit, our team will review your prior treatment for the blood disease, pre-transplant testing, medical history and planned transplant details. During your visit, we will ask you about this information to ensure accuracy. We will also ask about your general function, social support, emotional health and overall symptoms. It is important for us to inquire about your understanding of the need for transplant and what is involved in transplant. This allows us to avoid relaying information you already know, but also highlights areas where more education may be needed.
If you wish to make a donation to support our work, please donate online and note in the “Special Instructions” field that your donation is for the Transplant Optimization Program.