Treating a chronic disease such as bone cancers is not just about the medical intervention. The quality and continuity of care that a patient receives on a physical and emotional level can have a significant impact.
When individuals and families face chronic illness and the long path to recovery ahead of them, the affect is emotional as well as physical. There will be big decisions about treatment to make and the uncertainty of what to expect and how they will react to treatments like bone marrow or stem cell transplant. On top of this the patient and their family will have to come to terms with the diagnosis itself; the emotional strain can be high. Many medical professionals believe that continuity of care is an important part of a patient’s physical and emotional journey to good health. At the same time as making the journey to recovery more pleasant, continuity of care could improve outcomes for patients.
At the our Bone Marrow Transplant Center we have a dedicated transplant team, led by Dr. Ovilla, who has nearly 25 years’ experience in working with hematological disorders. The experience and commitment of each team member, from doctors, to nurses, to housekeeping staff, means that our patients will feel welcomed and at ease.
Whilst continuity of care can’t make a person physically better, it can have several positive effects:
• Emotional health and confidence. If a patient is recovering within a warm, positive environment where they feel safe and secure, their mental attitude could help them to recover more quickly, reduce depression, and maintain a positive state of mind.
• Building trust. Honesty is an important part of healthcare. If a patient trusts their care team, they are more likely to tell them their concerns, worries, and symptoms, without feeling that they are being a burden, or that they may look silly. By being able to be absolutely honest with their doctors, complications and health issues, such as infection or graft vs host disease (GVHD), are more likely to be picked up in the early stages, where they are easier to treat.
• Knowing the patient. Just as familiarity with the care team helps a patient to be honest, if medical professionals know the patient well, they will be more likely to pick up on changes in physical or emotional health, no matter how slight.
• Outstanding aftercare. A patient’s care doesn’t finish as soon as the bone marrow transplant procedure is completed. Each patient is supported until they recover fully, either within the hospital or in local supported accommodation, which will allow them to live independently with the security of constant support from the bone marrow transplant team. Once the patient has fully recovered we maintain contact and continue to offer support. This means that patients don’t feel abandoned by Dr. Ovilla and his team; we are in it with our patients, for the long haul, to help them to achieve a full, complication-free recovery.
• Taking the journey together. The doctors and nurses at Bone Marrow Transplant Mexico are passionate about curing otherwise incurable disease with stem cell transplantation or bone marrow transplantation. They treat every patient as an individual and do their very best for each and every patient, before, during and after the transplant. This means that our patients don’t go it alone; they are travelling their path with a dedicated team who will do their best to find out what is best for each individual patient.
Making the Decision
Choosing where, and when, to have your bone marrow transplant procedure is a tough decision. For patients with conditions such as myelofibrosis, leukemia and lymphoma, you may not have much time in which to make a decision, as time is often crucial. By choosing a transplant center that offers a range of transplant procedures, first class facilities, on-site laboratories, partnerships with bone marrow donor lists and a dedicated bone marrow transplant team, patients and their families can make sure that they choose the best option for long-term physical and emotional recovery.