Before you have a stem cell or bone marrow transplant, you’ll go into hospital to get your body ready to receive the new stem cells.
This involves high doses of chemotherapy and sometimes radiotherapy – this is called conditioning therapy.
Then, on transplant day, you’ll receive the stem cells through a central line (a thin tube going into your vein).
You’ll need to spend time recovering in hospital afterwards in a germ-free environment to protect your body from infections, while your immune system recovers.
If you’re having an autologous transplant, then some parts of the procedure will be different. Find out more about having an autologous transplant here.
These pages have more information about what to expect, as well on tips on preparing practically and emotionally, and ways to look after yourself and your family.