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Frequently Asked Questions About the Transplant Optimization Program

Questions and Answers

Is this to determine if I can receive a transplant?

No. This program does not make a "yes" or "no" decision on transplant. The decision about pursuing transplant is made between you and your primary oncologist and approved by discussion in a group of transplant physicians.

There are criteria established for safely pursuing transplant. For some patients, the doctor may have concerns that transplant may be more difficult or dangerous. The TOP clinic visit can then more thoroughly assess health to help you and your doctor make a more informed decision. We assess your mental and physical strengths and vulnerabilities to gauge the safety of transplant. We also offer suggestions about ways to address or prevent health issues.

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Will I get a new doctor?

No. The TOP clinic team makes recommendations to you and your doctor through a standardized assessment to safely pursue transplant. Patients may be seen after transplant also and additional recommendations given.

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What is different about this from the testing I have already had?

The TOP clinic will not only review this testing but evaluate your health in global way focusing on how to prevent problems after transplant. The TOP team also meets together to develop an individualized plan for every patient to add to what your doctor has recommended.

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When and why was the TOP clinic started?

We started in March of 2013. Dr. Artz and University of Chicago Transplant program committed itself to develop a program to optimize patient health rather than just estimate risks of transplant.

Transplant is now being used more and more for older patients and those with many health conditions. Transplantation can be more difficult for these patients. The needs of older patients are very different than the needs of children and young adults. We established this program to improve the success rate of transplant in our older patients.

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