After deciding that you will have a stem cell transplant, the process of getting ready for treatment can begin. While Anthony Nolan is searching for your donor and organising collection of your new stem cells, you will have a number of medical checks to confirm that the transplant can go ahead.
As well as these checks, it can also be a good idea to spend some time preparing yourself both physically and mentally for any possible challenges ahead, so that you are better equipped to deal with them.
We have provided information here on some of the issues you may need to consider, and have highlighted organisations that can give you extra support.
We will also help you prepare for the time you will spend in protective isolation while your new immune system develops.
This will be a difficult time for your friends and family, too. We have additional support and advice for them in our parents, family and friends section.
In this section you will find more detailed information on the following: