Your consultant is the senior clinician at your hospital or transplant centre. They have overall responsibility for your treatment. Other healthcare professionals report back to them regularly, so that they have the best overall picture of your health.
They will be able to talk to you in detail about your situation, possible treatment options and the impact they might have. You will have the final say on which treatment is best for you, but they will make sure you have all the information you need to make that decision.
If you have a question about any aspect of your transplant, it’s best to ask your consultant (or someone from your medical team) because they can give personalised advice that is specific to you. Talking about your body and your feelings can be difficult and might make you feel nervous, but that’s perfectly normal.
Here are some pointers that might make a tricky conversation easier:
‘I would always prepare for my meetings with the consultant as I would for a work meeting. I'd prepare a list of questions beforehand, write them down and take them in with me.’
Ruth, who had a stem cell transplant in 2010.
If you are unsure about what you should be talking to your consultant about, here are a few questions that you might want to consider as a starting point: