Graft-versus-Host Disease: What to Know, What to Do

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by Susan Stewart

Illustrations by Norm Bendell


Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a complication that often occurs after a transplant using cells from a donor (an allogeneic transplant).  This booklet will help you understand:

  • the symptoms of GVHD
  • the organs it can affect
  • treatment options
  • steps you can take to minimize the impact of GVHD on your daily life.

Managing GVHD requires a close working relationship between you and your healthcare team.  The more you know, the better equipped you will be to take charge of your GVHD.

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