What happens after treatment?

After any type of transplant, the new stem cells take a few weeks to settle in your bone marrow and produce the blood cells you need. During this time, you will have very low immunity and there are likely to be times when you feel very unwell. You may need to stay in hospital for 4–6 weeks or longer. For most of that time you will be in a room of your own. This is done to reduce your risk of infection until your white blood cell count has recovered.

Stem cell transplants have risks, and are always carried out in specialised treatment hospitals. You may be treated at a hospital some distance from your home.

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Your feelings

You may experience difficult feelings after your treatment. Talking to those close to you can help.