The New York Comprehensive Thalassemia Center (NYCTC) Adult Transfusion Program is located on the third floor of the Starr Pavilion at the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center (NYPH/WCMC). To accommodate the needs of our adult population, this state-of-the-art facility conducts several transfusion sessions per week, including two evening sessions that allow patients to attend college classes or go to work during the day. A home care program for iron chelation therapy is also coordinated within the NYCTC. Emergency services are available 24 hours per day, and a telephone answering service is available after the clinic is closed.
As our patients with thalassemia survive longer through improvements in blood supply, transfusion therapy and iron chelation, they require specialists to monitor for potential complications. These include cardiologists, endocrinologists, infectious disease specialists, hepatologists, nephrologists and others. Thalassemia major and intermedia are rare conditions that require experienced specialists to ensure patient care. At the NYCTC, patients receive comprehensive care and complication monitoring from specialists with years of expertise and experience specifically related to thalassemia. These specialists are the most integral part of our continuing comprehensive care.