The Hematologic Oncology Department at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) provides advanced medical therapies, including stem cell transplantation, for patients with blood-related diseases, including leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma and multiple myeloma.
Our hematologic oncology team has expertise in treating hematologic diseases using advanced technology and a personalized approach. We use state-of-the-art diagnostic tests to develop an individualized treatment plan that's tailored to your needs.
A stem cell transplant can be used to infuse healthy stem cells into the body to stimulate new bone marrow growth, suppress the disease and reduce the possibility of a relapse. Stem cells can be found in the bone marrow, circulating blood (peripheral blood stem cells) and umbilical cord blood.
Stem cell transplantation
For patients who need a stem cell transplant, our Stem Cell Unit includes an outpatient clinic, infusion center and inpatient rooms. When you first visit the hospital, you’ll meet with the hematologic oncology team. Your doctor will review your medical records and determine if you need additional diagnostic testing, such as lab work or imaging tests.
Once you’ve completed any necessary testing, your doctor will present you with treatment options, which may include autologous or allogeneic stem cell transplants.
The hematologic oncology team will care for you throughout your treatment. You’ll stay in one of our private, inpatient rooms and receive around-the-clock monitoring and care. We'll do everything possible to see that you and your family are comfortable throughout your stay.
Helping you maintain your quality of life
Recovery from treatments like stem cell transplantation can take several months. Our hematology oncology team will work with the rest of your care team to support you throughout the entire process.
For example, your dietitian may recommend a healthy diet to nutritionally fortify your body, and your naturopathic clincian may recommend natural therapies to help reduce side effects, such as neuropathy. Your rehabilitation therapist may recommend safe levels of physical activity to help you stay active and independent.
Additionally, your pain management practitioner may use various techniques to help alleviate discomfort and control bone and neuropathic pain, while your mind-body therapist may provide counseling and relaxation techniques.
Advanced medical therapies at Eastern
When you first visit CTCA at Eastern Regional Medical Center (Eastern), you’ll meet with the hematologic oncology team, which includes board certified hematologic oncologists. Three key physicians on the team are Dr. Pamela Crilley, Dr. David Topolsky, and Dr. Ankur Parikh.
Your doctor will review your medical records and determine if you need additional diagnostic testing, such as lab work or imaging tests. Once you’ve completed any necessary testing, your doctor will meet with you, answer your questions, and present you with options. Together, we'll develop a treatment plan that works for you.
Eastern's Hematologic Oncology Department provides advanced medical therapies for patients with various types and stages of hematologic disease:
On June 27, 2013, the hospital hosted a Grand Opening Celebration for its new Stem Cell Transplant & Cellular Therapy Unit.