Leading-edge treatment for lymphoma, leukemia and myeloma in Kansas City
At HCA Midwest Health, our cancer centers partner with the Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network to advance the science and care of patients with blood cancer. While all of our seven Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at HCA Midwest Health locations and four outreach centers provide care for blood cancer patients, Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Center at Research Medical Center provides more complex blood cancer care when needed.
The Blood Cancer Center is located at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo. The center provides comprehensive outpatient services and a dedicated inpatient oncology unit supported by a multidisciplinary team of specialists and oncology nurses.
World-Class Hematology Oncology Care
- We care for more blood cancer patients – In the Kansas City metro area, more patients choose the Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network than any other cancer center
- Part of the Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network – Sarah Cannon is one of the largest providers of blood cancer care including blood and marrow transplants, also called bone marrow transplants or stem cell transplants, across the United States and United Kingdom
- A multidisciplinary care team – Our team works together through every stage of the cancer journey to make sure our patients have the highest quality care and access to valuable support resources
- Access to the latest treatment advances – We bring innovative care options including community-based clinical trials and immunotherapies close to home
- A dedicated patient navigator – A dedicated oncology-trained nurse navigator walks patients through every step of their cancer journey
- Multidisciplinary patient case conferences – Physicians across the Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network are able to discuss cases and develop optimal patient treatment plans
- Staffed with oncology nurses – All of our RNs are chemotherapy certified and a nurse manger or charge nurse rounds on patients daily to ensure excellent care
- Support services for patients and caregivers – Our cancer wellness program includes nutrition, psycho-social, rehab and survivorship support
- Oncology Alert Patient Care Program – The only program of its kind in the Kansas City region, Oncology Alert focuses on quickly identifying and treating immunocompromised cancer patients arriving in any HCA Midwest Health cancer clinic or emergency room. This program provides special training to ER and clinic staff to identify and address the unique needs of chemotherapy patients
Blood Cancer Types We Treat
- Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL)
- Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)
- Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML)
- Hodgkin Lymphoma
- Multiple Myeloma
- Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)
- Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL)
Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) (Stem Cell Transplant or Bone Marrow Transplant)
A blood and marrow transplant may be recommended for patients with leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma.
Blood and marrow transplants may also be referred to as stem cell transplants or bone marrow transplants. Stem cells may be collected from the bone marrow (spongy tissue inside bones) or from the blood.
There are different types of stem cell transplants. All types involve hematopoietic stem cells, a type of cell that can grow into healthy blood cells.
Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Center at Research Medical Center offers:
- Autologous transplant – A blood and marrow transplant where a patient serves as his or her own donor
During an autologous transplant:
- A patient’s blood cancer team will collect stem cells from their blood through a process called apheresis. During this process their blood is circulated through a machine where stem cells are collected and the remaining blood is safely returned to their body. The stem cells are sent to a laboratory where they are tested and frozen.
- Next, the patient will likely undergo chemotherapy to treat the cancer.
- Then, the patient’s physician will perform the stem cell infusion (this looks similar to a blood transfusion).
- The patient will be under close supervision for a few weeks. Their blood counts will be monitored and they will be protected against infection.
A stem cell infusion looks similar to a blood transfusion. The stem cells will be put back into the blood through an IV. As the stem cells go back into the bloodstream, they travel into the bone marrow. In the bone marrow, the stem cells replicate and become healthy blood cells: red blood cells deliver oxygen, platelets help the blood to clot and white blood cells help fight infection.
No two stem cell transplant paths are the same. Care is personalized to a patient’s unique cancer and response to treatment. Your BMT team will support and help navigate you through the entire process.
Your Blood and Marrow Transplant Care Team
The Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Center at Research Medical Center offers a comprehensive group of blood and marrow transplant professionals to guide our patients through the treatment process. Our team works closely together to make sure patients receive the high quality care they deserve.
- Primary Oncologist – This is your cancer doctor who referred you to Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Center at Research Medical Center. They will continue to follow your treatment journey even if they are not directly involved in your care, and you will return to their care after you recover from the transplant process.
- Hematologist Transplant Physician – This is the doctor who will be primarily managing your stem cell transplant. They are fellowship-trained to treat hematology patients who need blood and marrow transplants.
- Surgeon – Your transplant specialist may ask a surgeon to insert a central venous catheter for apheresis and use during your transplant or to obtain a tissue sample for analysis
- Pathologist – A pathologist will assess your unique cancer in a lab in order to determine the best course of treatment
- Radiologist – Radiologists help interpret x-rays and other scans
- Specialty Physicians – Other specialists may assist in your care depending on your needs (gastroenterologists, nephrologists or etc.)
- Advanced Practice Providers – Physician assistants and nurse practitioners will be involved in almost every aspect of your care. They have extensive hematology and BMT experience. They may perform bone marrow biopsies or other procedures
- Transplant Nurse Coordinator – He or she has special training in stem cell transplants and will be your guide in preparing for the procedure
- Transplant Nurses – The transplant nurse will administer chemotherapy, infuse stem cells, and assess and manage your daily symptoms
- Support Staff – Transplant psychologists, social workers, apheresis nurses (collect stem cells using an apheresis machine), dietitians, schedulers, financial coordinators and chaplains (for religious and spiritual support) will participate in your care.
Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network
Sarah Cannon is committed to delivering an unparalleled experience for those facing blood cancer. Our programs have long been recognized as leaders in patient care, quality, outcomes, infrastructure, training and research.
- 9 FACT/JACIE accredited programs throughout the U.S. and UK.
- 1,100+ blood and marrow transplants conducted annually
- More than 12,000 transplants performed since the inception of its first program
*Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy and The Joint Accreditation Committee ISCT-Europe.
What is Blood Cancer?
Many blood cancers begin in your bone marrow, where your blood is produced. Your bone marrow contains stem cells that develop into red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. When you have blood cancer, the normal development process of these cells is disrupted. Cancer affects the creation and function of these cells and keeps your blood from fighting infection or preventing serious bleeding.