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This information is about having high-dose treatment with chemotherapy| - and sometimes radiotherapy| - and using your own stem cells| (early blood cells) to replace the blood cells.
This is usually called high-dose treatment with stem cell support, which is the term we use. It’s also sometimes called an autologous stem cell transplant, an autograft or a bone marrow transplant.
High-dose treatment with stem cell support can be used to treat different cancers, including myeloma|, teratoma (tumours composed of tissues not normally found at the site) and some types of lymphoma| and leukaemia|. It can also be used as treatment for some non-cancerous conditions.
We have separate information about treatment using stem cells from someone else (a donor)|.
High-dose treatment with stem cell support can be carried out in adults and in children|. This information is mainly for adults who are having this treatment. But if you’re a parent whose child is going to have high-dose treatment with stem cell support, we hope it helps you understand the different stages of the treatment.
High-dose treatment with stem cell support is usually given following initial (standard dose) treatment and is sometimes known as consolidation.
High-dose treatment with stem cell support is used to destroy any remaining cancer cells. It can increase the chances of curing certain types of cancer| or leukaemia.
It can also be given to help keep the cancer in remission (which happens when there are no signs of the cancer) for as long as possible.
Content last reviewed: 1 December 2011
Next planned review: 2013
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