Autologous Stem Cell Transplants: A Handbook for Patients

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by Susan K. Stewart

Illustrations by Norm Bendell


This comprehensive and easy-to-read book is a must for patients considering a transplant using their own bone marrow or stem cells. The book walks the reader through what to expect before, during and after transplant and includes the perspective of patients and caregivers as well.

"This book is an essential part of my educational efforts with patients and their families. It explains in an understandable, but non-patronizing, way the rationale and procedures for bone marrow and blood stem cell transplantation. Covering a broad range of topics, it is a real gift for people who must quickly learn a complicated topic, as they struggle to cope with the stresses of a life-threatening illness."

Mary M. Horowitz MD MS
Scientific Director, Center for Blood & Marrow Transplant Research

Chapters include:

  • History of Transplantation
  • An Overview of the Transplant Process
  • Choosing a Transplant Center
  • Insurance and Fundraising
  • Emotional Challenges
  • Pediatric Transplants
  • Conditioning/Preparative Regimen and Side Effects
  • Infection
  • Liver Complications
  • Nutrition, Managing Eating Difficulties, Safety of Herbs, Botanicals and Supplements
  • Relieving Pain With Drugs and Non-Drug Techniques
  • Family Caregiver - Responsibilities, Managing Stress
  • Planning for Survivorship - Survivorship Care Plan, Emotional Well-Being
  • Late Effects of Transplant
  • Sexual Health after Transplant
  • Family Planning - Medically Assisted Reproduction and Adoption
  • Blood Cells - Explanation of Different Types
  • Understanding Blood Tests
  • Glossary of Terms