Your First Visit
Phase 1: The Initial Consultation
During your first visit, our medical team reviews your medical records and conducts a comprehensive physical examination. Then they determine your eligibility for transplantation and the type of transplant that would be most appropriate for your condition – autologous or allogeniic.
Phase 2: The Treatment Plan
After the initial consultation, the team develops a detailed treatment plan and communicates it to you and your referring physician.
If your transplant team suggests an allogeneic transplant for you, they will perform an evaluation of donors that includes human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing for you and potential donors. For you and your donor to be a perfect match, all six HLA antigens have to match.
Normally our team likes to begin searching for a donor within your family. In order to determine if a sibling or another family member is a suitable donor, a blood sample is obtained and tested for a match. Parents and siblings can become donors in some circumstances even if they match your HLA with three of six antigens (haploidentical transplant).
If our team can't find a donor within your family, then the team will begin a search for an unrelated donor through the National Donor Marrow Program. Identifying a suitable unrelated donor can take between six weeks and four months. A donor can be found for up to 60 percent of our patients. Partially matched donors may be acceptable if they match five of the six tested antigens.