Fred Hutch's Long-Term Follow-Up (LTFU) program provides life-long monitoring and care for patients following a bone-marrow or stem-cell transplant. Our services are provided through the Hutch and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA).
Fred Hutch physicians and researchers work in partnership with a patient's personal doctor to resolve medical problems and gather information for research. This information is used to develop improved strategies for preventing and treating the long-term effects of transplantation, and to educate patients about post-transplant problems.
The LTFU Telemedicine team serves patients for life. Patients can call about routine post-transplant care or complications.
Calls go through a brief intake process with a Patient Care Coordinator. They are returned by an LTFU Telemedicine RN after they have reviewed the patient’s transplant history and any recent clinical activity. Most calls are returned within 48 business hours, with priority being placed on more urgent matters. The RNs often request medical records (clinic notes, labs, current medication list, radiology reports and images, etc.), medical photographs and/or a completed GVHD Assessment and Scoring Form from the caller. Providing these items in a timely fashion will decrease the turnaround time. For inquiries requiring physician involvement, the RN will present the case during LTFU Telemedicine rounds on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The LTFU attending physician will review available data and make recommendations.
Please note that the LTFU serves over 6,000 patients and we receive hundreds of pages of medical records patients each day. You must call, email or fax your inquiry with the medical records for it to be reviewed by a clinician. Medical records that arrive without an accompanying phone, email or faxed inquiry are filed in the patient’s LTFU chart without a clinician review.
— Allogeneic transplant patient, 2008
Long-Term Follow-Up Program
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Mail Stop LF-240
PO Box 19024
Seattle, WA 98109-1024