Blood stem cell transplants have been used as an effective, life-giving treatment for patients with blood disorders and other diseases for more than 40 years. The science of transplantation is constantly being revised and improved, and many patients are living long, healthy lives following their transplant.
Phases of Transplant
We have divided our web site into three sections to help you find the information you need. The BEFORE section, which is where you are now, outlines information you should consider before your actual transplant.
The DURING section describes the transplant process and issues that may emerge while you are undergoing treatment.
The AFTER section discusses issues you may face during your recovery period.
You can quickly move between each section by using the colored tabs marked BEFORE, DURING and AFTER on the upper left hand corner of each web page.
BEFORE - Planning for Transplant
In this section we start by giving you the transplant basics, including information on the different types of transplants and why transplants are needed. We'll also discuss some of the diseases treated by transplant.
We will give you information on choosing a transplant center. There are currently more than 200 transplant centers in the United States alone, and we have a transplant center directory to help you find the center that is right for you.
Unless you are using your own stem cells for the transplant, finding a donor is the next step. Our section on being a donor discusses questions and concerns often raised by potential bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell donors. It also explains how to donate your baby's umbilical cord blood to a patient. Our section on stem cell and bone marrow collection explains the medical procedure donors will undergo.
Our finances and insurance section provides you with information on what to expect from your insurer, and organizations that help cover some costs associated with your transplant.
You will experience emotional challenges throughout the transplant process. This is normal. We will tell you about resources that can help you and your family through tough moments.
Caring for a transplant patient can be a challenging job. The people that will help care for you need to understand their roles and we have developed some tips for these very important people.
Managing your support network of family and friends can be challenging, but their help will be essential in your recovery. We have developed some advice and tips that will help you develop positive, helpful relationships with those who offer to help.
If you plan on having children after transplant, there are steps you will need to take now to preserve that option. You should discuss this issue early on with your transplant team.
Our section on pediatric transplants provides information on some unique issues you will need to address if your child needs a transplant.
One thing is certain: if you have received medical advice that a transplant is needed, it is a moment of hope for your future.
BMT InfoNet has created several books to help you through the transplant experience. Autologous Stem Cell Transplants: A Handbook for Patients is an excellent resource for patients who will have a transplant using their own marro or stem cells.
Bone Marrow and Blood Stem Cell Transplants: A Guide for Patients is a terrific resource for patients going through a transplant using donor marrow, stem cells or cord blood. You can view a list of our other books and brochures by Click here to view a full list of our publications and brochures.
Please use the navigation bar on the left to learn more about preparing for your transplant.