Before your stem cell transplant, your bone marrow and immune system need to be treated and prepared to make way for the new cells. This is done with chemotherapy, sometimes in combination with a type of radiotherapy called total body irradiation (TBI)
You’ll normally start your conditioning therapy the day after you go into hospital. It can take one day, ten days, or sometimes even longer, depending on your treatment.
Your transplant normally takes place the day after the conditioning therapy has finished.
Common side effects of conditioning therapy include:
There are different ways you can manage these side effects, including medication. Read more about dealing with the early side effects of a stem cell transplant, or speak to your transplant team for more support.
'I actually really enjoyed the hospital food; two cooked meals a day, including puddings! But after about five days of the conditioning therapy, you don’t really feel like it. The weight just dropped off me. I’ve gradually built myself back up.'
Peter had a transplant in 2012. Read Peter’s blog about finding a positive outlook after a transplant.