Supporting someone through their stem cell transplant journey can be really tough – physically, emotionally and mentally. But the good news is, you can access help from a range of places including social services, government benefits and charities, as well as your social network of friends and family.
Nobody expects you to do things on your own. Many people will be happy to offer you support but you also need to have the confidence to ask for it when you need it.
If your sibling or another family member needs a transplant, you might be asked to be tested to see if you’re a match. Even if you’re happy to donate your stem cells, it’s still important to know what’s involved and think about the impact it could have on you and your family in the future. Our Donating to a relative page will help you with this.
This section looks at the following situations and provides support and advice that will help both you and the person having a transplant.
We also have advice, information and support for anyone who has lost a partner, family member or friend after a stem cell transplant in our Bereavement section.
If you have a query or question that isn’t covered here, the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) at your relative or friend’s hospital will be able to help. Alternatively, you could talk to our Patient Services team on 0303 303 0303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you want to recruit new stem cell donors in support of a specific patient (we call this a ‘patient appeal’), raise lifesaving money to fund new donors, or raise awareness among your friends and networks, we’re here to help.
Information published: 26/11/18
Next review due: 26/11/21