Bone Marrow and Blood Stem Cell Transplants: A Guide for Patients and Their Loved Ones

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by Susan K. Stewart

Illustrations by Norm Bendell


A comprehensive and easy-to-read book that's a must for patients considering a transplant using donor bone marrow, blood stem cells or cord blood. 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 International Blood & Marrow Transplant Research

Chapters include

  • History of Transplantation
  • An Introduction to Transplantation
  • Choosing a Transplant Center
  • Finding a Donor
  • Being a Donor
  • Insurance and Fundraising
  • Emotional Challenges
  • When Your Child Needs a Transplant
  • Preparative/Conditioning Regimen
  • Graft-versus-Host Disease
  • Infection
  • Nutrition
  • Relieving Pain
  • Family Caregiver
  • Planning for Survivorship
  • Late Effects in Adults and Children
  • Sexual Health after Transplant
  • Family Planning
  • Appendices
    • About Blood Cells
    • Understanding Blood Tests
  • Glossary of Terms

This book was made possible in part by a grant from Gamida-Cell, Pharmacyclics, an AbbVie Company and Janssen Biotech, Inc.

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