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A donor stem cell transplant can be used to increase the chances of curing cancers that affect the bone marrow, such as leukaemia|, lymphoma |or myeloma|.
It can also help keep a cancer in remission (when there are no signs of the cancer) for as long as possible.
Your specialist may advise using donor stem cells because:
A donor stem cell transplant can be given at different times depending on why you need it. You may have a transplant:
The aim of a donor stem cell transplant is to replace your immune system with the immune system of your donor. The immune system defends the body against infections and diseases like cancer.
A donor stem cell transplant is sometimes called an allograft, because your donor’s immune system is ‘grafted’ on to yours.
The main benefits of having a donor stem cell transplant are:
A donor stem cell transplant is an intensive and complex procedure. It’s carried out in specialised transplant units with specially trained teams.
Content last reviewed: 1 December 2011
Next planned review: 2013
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