Most of our patients receive all of their treatment without ever being admitted to the hospital. In fact, more than 80% of all stem-cell transplants at the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy are done on an outpatient basis. Our physicians, nurses, and clinical trials staff work closely with patients’ local physicians to ensure that treatment plans are followed, laboratory results are monitored, and complications, should they arise, are appropriately managed.
This outpatient approach enables patients to be in a home environment with family members and caregivers and to engage in as many of their normal daily activities as possible. For those times when a patient must remain in Little Rock for treatment, there are a host of housing options that range from hotels to apartments.
When hospital admission is necessary, patients receive specialized care in a 30-bed unit that is dedicated specifically for patients of the Myeloma Institute. A team of hospitalists provides high-level care following the treatment protocols outlined by the myeloma clinic physicians. In addition to their training in internal medicine, these hospitalists receive specialized training at UAMS that directly focuses on the unique aspects of caring for patients with myeloma. In addition, some hospitalists have advanced training in the field of infectious diseases.