- What we’ll cover here
- What are stem cells and why are they transplanted?
- Why would someone need a stem cell transplant?
- Weigh the risks before transplant
- Types of stem cell transplants for treating cancer
- Sources of stem cells for transplant
- Donor matching for allogeneic transplant
- The transplant process
- Problems that may come up soon after transplant
- Transplant problems that may show up later
- Other transplant issues
- What questions should I ask my doctor before transplant?
- What’s it like to donate stem cells?
- To learn more
To learn more
More information from your American Cancer Society
Here is more information you might find helpful. You also can order free copies of our documents from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, or read them on our website, www.cancer.org.
Dealing with cancer
After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Coping With Cancer in Everyday Life (also in Spanish)
Talking With Your Doctor (also in Spanish)
Helping Children When a Family Member Has Cancer: Dealing With Treatment (also in Spanish)
Talking With Friends and Relatives About Your Cancer (also in Spanish)
Cancer treatment and side effects
A Guide to Chemotherapy (also in Spanish)
Understanding Radiation Therapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Sexuality for the Man With Cancer (also in Spanish)
Sexuality for the Woman With Cancer (also in Spanish)
When Someone You Know Has Cancer (also in Spanish)
Your American Cancer Society also has books that you might find helpful. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit our bookstore online at www.cancer.org/bookstore to find out about costs or to place an order.
National organizations and websites*
Be the Match (formerly the National Marrow Donor Program)
Toll-free number: 1-800-MARROW-2 (1-800-627-7692)
Free booklets, webcasts, and online information for potential donors and patients, including kids and teens. Helps patients find stem cell and cord blood matches, supports them throughout the transplant process, from planning to life after transplant (see Patients and Families, Support and Resources section). Offers financial help to eligible under-insured patients through the Patient Assistance Program. Also offers an online application and mail-order kit to join the Be the Match donor registry. Interpreters available for people who call and can say (in English) what language they speak, though it may take a few minutes.
Blood & Marrow Transplant Information Network
Toll-free number: 1-888-597-7674
Provides information and support services to bone marrow, stem cell, and cord blood transplant patients, caregivers, and survivors. “Caring Connection” matches you to a transplant survivor to get support and guidance from someone who has had real experience with the process; also can help with understanding insurance issues and has a transplant center directory.
National Bone Marrow Transplant Link (nbmtLink)
Toll-free number: 1-800-LINK-BMT (1-800-546-5268)
Helps patients, caregivers, and families by providing information and support services before, during, and after transplant. Offers one-on-one conversations with trained peer support volunteers who are transplant survivors, caregivers, and donors; telephone support groups, facilitated by nurses, that link patients and families together to offer mutual support; and videos and publications for patients and caregivers.
National Foundation for Transplants (NFT)
Toll-free number: 1-800-489-3863
Provides fund raising guidance, which helps patients, their families, and friends to raise money for all types of transplants, including stem cell or bone marrow, in the US.
No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for cancer-related information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Last Medical Review: 10/02/2013
Last Revised: 10/02/2013