- What we’ll cover here
- What are stem cells and why are they transplanted?
- When do people need stem cell transplants?
- Types of stem cell transplants for treating cancer
- Sources of stem cells for transplant
- Allogeneic transplant: The importance of a matched donor
- What’s it like to donate stem cells?
- Getting rid of cancer cells in autologous transplants
- The transplant process
- Problems that may come up shortly after transplant
- After-transplant problems that may show up later
- Other issues related to transplants
- What questions should I ask my doctor before transplant?
- 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 Web site, 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)
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)
Talking With Your Doctor (also in Spanish)
Cancer treatment and side effects
Understanding Chemotherapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Understanding Radiation Therapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Fertility and Cancer: What Are My Options? (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 Web sites*
Be the Match (formerly the National Marrow Donor Program)
Toll-free number: 1-800-MARROW-2 (1-800-627-7692)
Web site: www.bethematch.org
Offers free educational materials for potential donors and patients, helps patients find matches through registries of stem cell donors and cord blood units, supports patients throughout the transplant process, and offers financial help to eligible under-insured patients through the Patient Assistance Program. Interpreters are available for people who call and can say (in English) what language they speak, though it may take a few minutes.
Also offers an online application and mail-order kit to join the Be the Match donor registry.
Caitlin Raymond International Registry
Toll-free number: 1-800-726-2824
Web site: www.crir.org
Will perform a free international search for an unrelated bone marrow or cord blood donor, and provides resources and assistance to doctors and patients throughout every aspect of the search process.
Blood & Marrow Transplant Information Network
Toll-free number: 1-888-597-7674
Web site: www.bmtinfonet.org
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)
Web site: www.nbmtlink.org
Helps patients, their caregivers, and families by providing vital 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 a clinical social worker, 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
Web site: www.transplants.org
Provides fund raising guidance, which helps patients, their families, and friends to raise money for transplant care 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: 08/23/2012
Last Revised: 10/24/2012