Autologous Stem Cell Transplants: A Handbook for Patients

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by Susan K. Stewart

Illustrations by Norm Bendell

This updated, comprehensive and easy-to-read book is a must for patients considering a transplant using their own bone marrow or stem cells. The book walks the reader through what to expect before, during and after transplant and includes the perspective of patients and caregivers as well.

"BMT InfoNet is a leader in identifying patient needs and developing educational programs that focus on the entire spectrum of blood and marrow transplantation - from pre-transplant phase to long-term survivorship. At our center, we frequently use BMT InfoNet educational materials for patient teaching and support."

Navneet Majhail, MD MS
Director, Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, Cleveland Clinic

Chapters include:

  • History of Transplantation
  • An Introduction to Transplant
  • Choosing a Transplant Center
  • Insurance and Fundraising
  • Emotional Challenges
  • When Your Child Needs a Transplant
  • Conditioning/Preparative Regimen and Side Effects
  • Infection
  • Nutrition, Managing Eating Difficulties, Safety of Herbs, Botanicals and Supplements
  • Relieving Pain 
  • Family Caregiver - Responsibilities, Managing Stress
  • Planning for Survivorship
  • Late Effects of Transplant in Adults and Children
  • Sexual Health after Transplant
  • Family Planning - Medically Assisted Reproduction and Adoption
  • Blood Cells - Explanation of Different Types
  • Understanding Blood Tests
  • Glossary of Terms