How Does the Initial Evaluation Work?
During evaluation at The Amyloidosis Center at Boston Medical Center, a patient’s care is overseen by a multi-disciplinary clinical team. This Amyloid Clinical Team is comprised of physicians from various sections (including Hematology, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Nephrology, Rheumatology, and Neurology), as well as professional nurses and the medical house staff of Boston Medical Center. This ensures a total evaluation of the individual medical needs and helps to determine the extent of amyloidosis throughout the body.
The preliminary results of the evaluation are given to patients at the time of the final conference, and a final summary including recommendations is subsequently sent to the referring or personal physician who is ultimately responsible for the patient’s care as well as to the patient. Should a patient be found eligible for one of our clinical trials and decide to participate, they meet with physicians who will inform them of how to proceed.
After returning home, patients and their physicians are encouraged to call one of the Amyloid Team physicians at (617) 638-4317 if questions arise concerning care. We usually suggest a return evaluation on a yearly basis.