- 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
Weigh the risks before transplant
Despite the possible short-term problems and those that can crop up after a while, stem cell transplant has been used to cure thousands of people with otherwise deadly cancers. Still, the possible risks and complications can threaten life, too. The expected risks and benefits must be weighed carefully before transplant. Research today is being done to not only to cure cancer, but also to improve transplant methods and reduce the risks.
Last Medical Review: 10/02/2013
Last Revised: 10/02/2013