High-dose treatment with stem cell support involves treatment with chemotherapy – and sometimes radiotherapy. Then, your own stem cells (early blood cells) are used to replace blood cells destroyed during the high-dose treatment.
You may also hear people call it 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 lymphoma, leukaemia, myeloma and teratoma. It can also be used as a treatment for some non-cancerous conditions.
Both adults and children can have high-dose treatment with stem cell support. This information is for adults who are having treatment. If you’re a parent whose child is going to have high-dose treatment with stem cell support, the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group has information about it.