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Recovering from a stem cell transplant

Stuart Brooks

Life after transplant comes with its own set of challenges and leaving hospital for the first time can be both a happy but daunting experience.

Some people find their stem cell transplant recovery relatively straightforward, but for others it can be very difficult and demanding.

Your recovery is likely to affect many aspects of your life, which is why we have sorted our information on recovery into three sections: Body, Mind and Life.

Every person’s recovery is unique and these pages are here to help guide and support you throughout this journey.

Body

Learn how to manage the physical side of your recovery – from fatigue and infections, to hospital check-ups and other possible transplant side effects. You can also find out more about graft vs host disease (GvHD), why it happens, how it can affect different organs at different times and possible treatments.

Click on the links below to read more information, support and advice on the following topics:

Mind

Learn how recovering from a stem cell transplant could affect your mental health – from the emotions you might feel and how your relationships could be affected, to worries about body image and memory.

Click on the links below to read more information, support and advice on the following topics:

Coping with these challenges can be tough. You can read more about strategies and support which may help you below:

Life

Learn more about how you can get yourself back to a ‘new normal’ after your stem cell transplant. Read information and advice on topics like exercise and diet, financial support and returning to work or education.

Click on the links below to read more information, support and advice on the following topics:

You can also read our advice for family members who are caring for someone who has had a stem cell transplant.

Sarah's story

In this animated video, Sarah tells her story of her leukaemia diagnosis and how she managed life after her stem cell transplant.

Need extra help?

If you have a query or question that isn’t covered here, the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) at your hospital will be able to help.
Or you could talk to our Patient Services team on 0303 303 0303 or patientinfo@anthonynolan.org