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Paediatric bone marrow transplant follow-up

Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) has been around since the 1970s with many survivors now well into adulthood. Understanding how BMT can effect a child prior to, during and after the transplant is vital for all nurses working with this patient demographic.

Course Overview

Bone marrow transplant has been offered to children for malignant since the late 1970s, and non-malignant disease since the 1980s. Paediatric survivors are living well into adulthood and follow up is more important than ever, not only to support long healthy lifestyles but their outcomes also help with setting the standards for treatments of future patients. Exposure to the treatment prior to the transplant, exposure to the treatment during the transplant, cumulative therapeutic exposure, and the natural progression of the disease makes follow- up vital.

This presentation will discuss what bone marrow transplant is, why we transplant certain groups of paediatric patients, the many effects of transplant-related therapy as well as challenges with transition.

Learning Outcomes

In this session, you will:

  • Gain awareness of the indications for paediatric bone marrow transplant.
  • Gain an understanding of the long term effects of transplant.
  • Form an understanding of why follow-up is essential for paediatric bone marrow transplant survivors.
  • Discover the challenges for patients, families, and health care professionals.

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1 hour

Jul 2020

Jul 2020

Sept 2022

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Ida Twist

Nurse Practitioner - Bone Marrow Transplant Follow-up


Ida is an experienced paediatric oncology nurse with over 30 years experience in the field. She is an endorsed Nurse Practitioner with numerous post graduate qualifications which include a Bachelor of Nursing honours by dissertation, Master of Nursing, Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner), Graduate Diploma in paediatric nursing and Graduate Certificate in paediatric oncology nursing. She is currently enrolled in a PhD. Ida has presented numerous papers at national and international conferences and to under-graduate and post-graduate nursing students and has a diverse research background.

During her professional career she has worked in various roles with patients and families at all different stages through their cancer journey, including education and consulting. In her current role in bone marrow transplant follow-up she sees the long term, sometimes devastating, consequences of therapy given 20-30 years earlier. She is a passionate advocate for this group of patients, as they re-integrate back into the community and especially as they enter adulthood.

Ida also has a strong passion for personal and professional development, and this extends through her role as a health services and resilience coach.