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University of Colorado Denver Hematology, Blood Cancer, Bone Marrow Transplant Program Patients

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Frequently Asked Questions


 1. As a patient, what can the University of Colorado Denver Blood Cancer & BMT program offer me that I might not find elsewhere?

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Our program's sole focus is blood cancer.  To patients this specialization translates to unequaled medical expertise and superb patient care.  The benefits of being treated at the University of Colorado Cancer center include:
  • The most advanced methods of diagnosis and treatment, including new therapies and research that may not yet be available in your community.
  • Everything you might need to take care of your cancer: diagnosis, treatment, psychosocial support, pain management, rehabilitation, social workers to address financial converns, dieticians, pharmacy support and assistance in returning to your life after cancer.
  • A patient-focused approach where quality of life is always a priority, both during and after treatment.
  • Support for patients' friends and family, who are often intimately involved in the complex medical and emotional issues surrounding cancer and its treatment.
  • Assistance in locating additional treatment and support services in your own community, especially important if you are travelling to the University of Colorado Cancer Center from a distance. 
  • A second opinion consult to verify diagnosis.
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 2. A family member has been diagnosed with blood cancer, and I want him/her to be treated at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. How do I arrange that?

​​For assistance in deciding who to contact and what the first step should be, we invite you to call our Intake Nurse Coordinator at 720-848-2869.  Our coordinator knows our physicians and is familiar with the various cancers and treatment modalities and the special services we offer.  She can help you with finding the right expert for your particular needs.  She will talk to you about our program, the initial process and stay with you as a resource through your first visit until your treatment plan is in place.2

 3. How should I prepare for my first appointment at the University of Colorado Cancer Center?

​Our nurse coordinator will help you in obtaining all of your medical records and test results ahead of your appointment so you have one less thing to worry about.  Be sure to bring the health insurance identification cards for each plan that covers you and your photo id and a list of your questions and concerns so you'll remember what you wish to ask.3

 4. Is it all right if I don't come alone?

​​For your first visit and all subsequent visits it is very helpful if a friend or family member can accompany you.  Patients are often naturally anxious about their condition and may not be feeling their best.  You will be receiving significant amounts of new information during your visit.  You may find that having another person there to act as an extra pair of "ears," to take notes, to ask questions you might not think of at the moment--and to afford you emotional support--is very much to your advantage.4

 5. Will I have only one doctor at University of Colorado Cancer Center, or more?

​You will be treated by a team of doctors.  One doctor will be in charge of your care and will conduct an initial consult and review of your pathology and radiology testing results with the diagnostic team.  One MD will follow your care throughout your entire treatment.  One of the advantages of coming to a comprehensive cancer center is the opportunity to be treated by doctors with a broad spectrum of experience in treating cancer.5

 6. If I decide to be treated at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, does that mean I don't get to see my own physician anymore?

​In fact, exactly the opposite is often true.  Whether a physician refers you to UCCC or you decide to come on your own, we understand your doctor is still your doctor.  Our specialists will want to stay in touch with your doctor during your treatment, and your doctor should continue seeing you on a regular basis.6

 7. What if I don't have a primary care physician of my own? Can I still come to the University of Colorado Cancer Center?

​​Yes - more than half our patients are "self-referred."  No matter how many specialists are on your treatment team, you will have have one UCCC physician coordinating your care as an inpatient or outpatient.  That doctor will see you on a regular basis for examinations and discuss your progress and answer your questions.7

 8. What diseases do you treat at the University of Colorado Cancer Center Blood Cancer and BMT Program?

​We treat all malignant hematologic disorders including, but not limited to, the following:
Hodgkin Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Myeloma, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML), Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), Aplastic Anemia, Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinaemia, and Amyloidosis
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 9. I've heard my doctor referred to as a University of Colorado Hospital physician, a University of Colorado Denver physician and/or a University of Colorado Cancer Physician, which is it?

​It doesn't make a difference, all three are true.
While the legalities of it may sound complicated, all three terms are correct, depending upon the context.  While the three organizations are separate legal entities, all three work in tandem to provide our patients with the most comprehensive and compassionate care available in the Rocky Mountain region.
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 10. I don't need a transplant, can I still be one of your patients?

​Absolutely yes.  We treat patients at all disease stages, including patients who do not require a transplant.  The nice thing about our program is that you know that if you do eventually need a transplant, your care will continue with the same team you're already familiar with.10

 11. How long does it take to get an appointment?

​Patients who contact our intake nurse coordinator (720-848-2869, christine.frodella@uch.edu) will be called within 24 hours during the week or on the next workday if calling on the weekend.  The first appointment will be set depending on the urgency of the case and the availability of the patients' records, however all urgent referrals are seen within one week. 11