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What is recovery from a stem cell transplant like?

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If you got an allogeneic transplant, doctors will look for signs that donor cells are attacking your body. This is called “graft-versus-host disease,” and it can happen right away or months later. It can be serious, but it’s usually treatable.

You may go home when your blood counts are high enough to fight infection and prevent bleeding.

But even after you’re home, you’re still on the mend and you’ll be followed closely. It can take 6 months or longer to fully recover from a transplant.

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is a Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplant?”

American Cancer Society: “Stem Cell Transplant for Multiple Myeloma,” “What’s It Like to Get a Stem Cell Transplant?” “What Are Stem Cells and Why Are They Transplanted?” “The Transplant Process.”

OncoLink - Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania: “Autologous Stem Cell Transplant or Bone Marrow Transplant.”

International Myeloma Foundation: “Understanding High-Dose Therapy with Stem Cell Rescue.”

Up-to-Date:  “Patient Information: Multiple Myeloma Treatment (Beyond the Basics),” “Patient information: Bone marrow transplantation (stem cell transplantation) (Beyond the Basics).”

Giralt, S. , May 2014. Clinical Advances in Hematology & Oncology

Cancer Medicine : “Analysis of long-term survival in multiple myeloma after first-line autologous stem cell transplantation: impact of clinical risk factors and sustained response.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 08, 2018

SOURCES:

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “What Is a Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplant?”

American Cancer Society: “Stem Cell Transplant for Multiple Myeloma,” “What’s It Like to Get a Stem Cell Transplant?” “What Are Stem Cells and Why Are They Transplanted?” “The Transplant Process.”

OncoLink - Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania: “Autologous Stem Cell Transplant or Bone Marrow Transplant.”

International Myeloma Foundation: “Understanding High-Dose Therapy with Stem Cell Rescue.”

Up-to-Date:  “Patient Information: Multiple Myeloma Treatment (Beyond the Basics),” “Patient information: Bone marrow transplantation (stem cell transplantation) (Beyond the Basics).”

Giralt, S. , May 2014. Clinical Advances in Hematology & Oncology

Cancer Medicine : “Analysis of long-term survival in multiple myeloma after first-line autologous stem cell transplantation: impact of clinical risk factors and sustained response.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 08, 2018

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