The pre-stem cell transplant evaluation assesses your child’s clinical condition and eligibility to enroll in a clinical trial.
The process may include bone marrow studies, diagnostic imaging and organ function studies.
You child may have blood work to assess blood counts, liver and kidney function, electrolyte concentrations, infectious disease markers and HLA-typing. Studies of heart, lung, kidney and liver function are also included. These tests will help determine whether your child is able to undergo the stem cell transplant.
During the pre-evaluation, your child will see specialists in ophthalmology, clinical nutrition, social work and physical therapy. A double or triple lumen central line will be placed before the transplant. The central line is needed to allow your child to receive chemotherapy, other medicines and blood product transfusions.