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Leukemia Service at Cleveland Clinic

The Leukemia Service at Cleveland Clinic was established in 1994 to coordinate leukemia treatment and research. The Leukemia Service provides state-of-the art treatments and a wide range of services including education, emotional and psychological support and access to an invaluable network of resources. Our goal is to promote the highest quality care for people who have leukemia.

Leukemia Service team offers comprehensive care

The Leukemia Service's multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists and support staff have extensive training and experience in dealing with leukemia and its treatment. The team is committed to providing comprehensive care in a compassionate setting. The Leukemia Service team members include:

Staff oncologist

Your staff oncologist is the primary physician responsible for managing your overall care and monitoring your general health. Your staff oncologist coordinates all the events leading up to and following your treatment. After you are discharged from the hospital, your staff oncologist continues to be directly involved in all aspects of your care and helps you make decisions about your leukemia treatment.

Attending oncologist

While you are in the hospital, your attending oncologist is the physician who manages your daily care, monitors your general health and treats any medical condition that may arise such as high blood pressure or infection. Your attending oncologist, oncology fellow physician and intern/resident physician work together to adjust your medications and treat any complications that may occur. The attending oncologists working with the inpatient Leukemia Service alternate every 2 to 4 weeks.

Oncology fellow physician

Oncology fellows are physicians who are training to become specialists in oncology and hematology. Oncology fellows have completed their general medical training and work under the guidance of your staff and attending oncologists.

Intern/resident physician

Interns and residents are physicians who are completing a four-week rotation on the Leukemia Service as part of their medical training. Interns and residents work under the guidance of your oncology fellow physician.

Clinical Nurse Specialist
Nurse clinician

Your clinical nurse specialist/nurse clinician provides education and support to you and your family. He or she teaches you how to take care of your physical needs and maintain your health.

The clinical nurse specialist works with the entire Leukemia Service team to coordinate your care. After you are discharged from the hospital, your clinical nurse specialist or nurse clinician continues to be directly involved in all aspects of your care and will see you during your outpatient appointments.

Nursing staff

Registered nurses provide you with individual care 24 hours a day. Registered nurses work together with your physicians and clinical nurse specialist to plan your daily care. They also:

  • Check your progress at frequent intervals throughout the day and night.
  • Administer your medications.
  • Inform your doctors of any changes in your condition.
  • Teach you how to care for your health and prepare you for your return home.

Nursing assistants and licensed practical nurses (L.P.N.) work with the registered nurses to provide your daily care. They may take your temperature, blood pressure and daily weight. They also assist with your personal care and help make you comfortable during your hospital stay.

Pharmacists

Pharmacists are available to teach you and your family about the medications you will be taking. Your pharmacist can answer your questions about how your medications work, why you need to take them and what side effects you can expect. Before you go home, a pharmacist is available to help you plan your medication schedule.

Dietitians

Registered dietitians are available to help you maximize nutrition during your treatments. The dietitians work closely with you and your oncologists to provide individual nutritional counseling. They are also available to answer any nutritional questions or concerns you may have.

Social workers

Social workers are available to you and your family to discuss any concerns you may have about your treatment, your personal situation and any life changes.

Social workers can provide education; short-term counseling; information about housing, financial assistance programs, transportation and other community support services; and referrals to support groups.

Other professionals who support the Leukemia Service

There are many other professionals such as laboratory technicians, home care coordinators and financial counselors who work with the Leukemia Service Team to meet your medical and personal needs.

Financial counselors

Financial counselors are available to answer any questions you or your family members may have about insurance coverage and Medicare benefits related to your care.

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