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A patient must be eligible for a treatment protocol before he or she can be accepted as a stem cell transplant candidate, and referrals are accepted from physicians only. After discussions between the St. Jude physician and referring physician, the patient is scheduled for an initial consultation visit to verify his or her eligibility for enrollment on an institutional protocol.
Before the initial meeting, the transplant coordinator will arrange for the patient’s medical record, radiographs and other imaging records and pathology slides to accompany the patient to St. Jude. During this visit, the patient and his or her parents will meet with the transplant coordinator and a transplant physician to discuss the stem cell transplant process, and any specific protocols, for which the patient may be eligible. At that time, blood may be drawn; the decision to take a blood sample will be based on the patient’s condition, prior therapy, and protocol requirements.
After the initial consultation visit, the patient will be offered the opportunity to enroll on an institutional protocol, if the patient is deemed eligible. If the patient is not eligible for enrollment on an institutional protocol, he or she will be referred back to his or her original physician for treatment.