Bacc. med. techn., Bone marrow transplant unit, Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Centre Zagreb, Croatia
Dzenana Dzaferagic is Bacc. med. techn., with more than 14 years of experience, working and specialising in Bone marrow transplant unit at the University Hospital Centre Zagreb. She is motivated and interested in learning, especially in the field of late effects and quality of life after allogeneic stem cell transplantation. She was pleased to attend the EBMT 2017 in Marseille, poster session, with pilot study investigating sexual dysfunction in patients after stem cell transplantation in Croatia. She has designed a brochure for patients, regarding some sexual problems they might have during the treatment and after discharge from hospital and with some solutions how to improve their sexual functioning after stem cell transplantation.
How am I getting ready for the EBMT Annual Meeting?
Reading the programme for the Meeting I realized there would be many educational and interesting sessions and presentations happening at the same time. Although I cannot be at the same time in different places and since I work in BMT unit, in the University Hospital Centre Zagreb (until now the only BMT unit in Croatia for allogeneic transplantation of adults and children, with recently performed 1000th transplantation) for the last 14 years, I am interested to attend all educational program in the field of late effects all BMT, including long term complications after haploidentical transplantation, still not known enough for us. I am also interested in attending lectures on GVHD topics and quality of life after BMT, with the aim to improve my knowledge in that field and share it with my colleagues in the BMT unit and also to encourage myself to continue with my study – Investigating sexual dysfunction in patients after allogeneic stem cell transplantation in Croatia. I believe it is my job to improve QOL of our patients, to educate them during the treatment in the hospital about problems that they might have after BMT procedure and after being discharged from hospital.
Certainly there are some sessions I don’t want to miss, like: Industry symposium – 2018 Update: Conditioning, GVHD prophylaxis and beyond; Symposium – The crucial role of the nurse in averting the catastrophic course of severe VOD; Value for patients through Education- Quality of life (QOL) – Industry symposium – Nurses; Nurses/physicians Joint session – Fertility and sexuality.
Also, I am very happy and looking forward to be present and attend interesting programme for Patients, Family and Donor day to express support to those who are ‘responsible’ for all of us being here. Besides all that above mentioned negative things that we meet in haematology every day, late effects, GVHD, QOL problems, one of the things that makes me happy and satisfied is when patients visit us few years after stem cell transplantation and we see healthy people in front of us, with all that problems behind them, sometimes even having troubles recognizing them. I am looking forward to meeting patients, families, and their donors from nearby BMT Centres, hearing their experiences, and experiences of the colleagues and experts from their BMT Centres as well.
Last year I have attended my first EBMT Annual Meeting, in the beautiful city of Marseille, where I was for the first time. Lisbon definitely will not disappoint me, I am sure. Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, with rich and attractive architecture, culture, history and also city with one of the mildest climates in Europe. Since I am writing this while freezing in my snowy hometown Zagreb, I expect to welcome sunny days in Lisbon, maybe have some free time after daily sessions to take a ride with famous Tram 28 through the old town, listen romantic Fado music and take a walk on the streets of the oldest district Alfama, as well as other interesting and beautiful places in Lisbon.