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Most of our information on high-dose treatment with stem cell support was written with adults in mind. However, the procedures for high-dose treatment with stem cell support in children are similar to our description of the procedures for adults.
Young children usually have stem cells collected| from their bone marrow. Older children (usually over 10) now sometimes have stem cells collected from their blood. When planning the procedure, doctors will consider carefully the effects of the intensive preparatory treatment. This is so that long-term effects - for example, on the child’s growth, development and future fertility - are kept to a minimum.
You may find that the approach to treatment used by specialist children’s units is different from that used in adult units. For example, your child may not be in a room on their own for very long or at all.
When your child is back at school and mixing with other children, particular care will be needed concerning infections, including common childhood diseases such as chickenpox and measles. The doctors can let you know when your child should have immunisations.
Many organisations| can support and advise the parents of children who have cancer.
Content last reviewed: 1 December 2011
Next planned review: 2013
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