Hyundai Cancer Institute :: Blood and Marrow Transplant Team Frequently Asked Questions
At CHOC Children's Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) team is made up of pediatric BMT specialists who are with the patient every step of the way.
Who will be on my child’s BMT healthcare team?
At CHOC Children’s, our BMT team is made up of:
Blood and Marrow Transplant Medical Director
Steven Neudorf, M.D., is the pediatric BMT physician who specializes in the care of children undergoing a BMT. Dr. Neudorf oversees the plan of care during the transplant process. A group of pediatric hematologists/oncologists assist in the day-to-day medical management of the children during the BMT process.
Our BMT nurse coordinators organize all aspects of care provided to our patients before and after the transplant. They provide patient education, coordinate diagnostic testing and assist with follow-up care and home care needs.
Our social workers provide support to patients and their families to help them deal with the many issues that may arise, including lodging and transportation, finances and legal issues.
Our clinical dieticians assist patients in meeting their nutritional needs before and after the transplant. They work closely with patients and their families to provide nutritional education and suggestions if any nutritional problems arise. Our diet technicians help patients and their families select the patient’s daily food menu and work on any reasonable special requests while patients are in the hospital.
Specially trained psychologists help patients and their families with the emotional aspects of cancer. The psychology staff is dedicated to increasing opportunities for children with cancer and their families to live normal lives during and after hospitalization.
Child Life Therapists
The Child Life staff provides a wide variety of therapeutic programs to help the patients develop their social, emotional, and cognitive skills. Through play, children learn self-expression, decision-making, creativity and motor development.
Blood and Donor Services Nursing Staff
Registered nurses who are specially trained in apheresis technology and blood collection are with our patients every step of the way. They coordinate and provide nursing care for the blood donor during the entire donation process and for the patient undergoing apheresis procedures.
Our case coordinator nurses follow each child’s case and make recommendations for optimal utilization of resources.
A credentialed teacher employed by the Orange Unified School District helps patients maintain their academics during hospitalization.
Clinical Nurse Specialist
A nurse that has a master’s degree in nursing and has specialized training in Pediatric Oncology/BMT works closely with the nursing staff and doctors to help develop a plan of care for the patient.
Under the direction of the oncologist, the nurse practitioner performs physical examinations as well as diagnostic and therapeutic procedures.
The radiation oncologist is the physician who evaluates each child’s need for radiation therapy.
Other team members:
Other team members will evaluate the child before transplantation and will provide follow-up care, as needed. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Nursing Staff
- Respiratory Therapists
- Physical Therapists
- Lab Technicians
- Infectious Disease Specialists