Your feelings

Your feelings during treatment

Having a transplant is probably one of the most stressful things you will ever face. As well as being physically demanding, it can be hard emotionally.

There may be times when you’re anxious, frightened or depressed. You may ask yourself questions like, ‘Is the treatment working?’, ‘Will my blood counts ever go up?’ or ‘How am I going to cope with the side effects?’.

Talking to family and friends about how you’re feeling often helps.

If you’re struggling to cope with low moods, let your nurse or doctor know when they ask you how you are feeling. These feelings are quite common and you will be offered advice and support. You may find it helpful to talk to someone such as a counsellor, a member of your religious faith or a social worker. The hospital staff can arrange this for you.

Your feelings after treatment

You may experience a range of emotions once treatment is over. Many people feel they still need a lot of support. There is no right or wrong way to feel and you’ll cope with things in your own way. Talking to family and friends about how you feel can help. Or, you may prefer to talk to someone outside your immediate family and friends, such as your GP or a counsellor. There are also other ways to get support, such as through support groups and online communities.

Support groups

These groups offer a chance to talk to other people in similar situations to you, who are facing the same challenges. Joining a group can be helpful if you live alone or don’t feel able to talk to those around you about your feelings. Not everyone finds talking in a group easy, so it might not be right for you. Try visiting one to see what it’s like before you decide whether to join.

Online support

Many people get support through the internet. There are online support groups, social networking sites, forums, chat rooms and blogs for people affected by cancer. You can use these to share your experiences, ask questions, get advice from others and give advice based on your experiences.

Call 0808 808 00 00 to find out about groups near you. You could also join our Online Community, where you can talk to people in chat rooms, blog your journey, make friends and join support groups.

Back to Stem cell and bone marrow transplants explained

What are stem cells and bone marrow?

These treatments use the bone marrow and stem cells to treat some types of leukaemia and lymphoma.

What is high-dose treatment with stem cell support?

High-dose treatment involves the use of chemotherapy and stem cells to treat cancer or leukaemia. In some cases radiotherapy may also be used.

What are allogeneic stem cell transplants?

An allogeneic stem cell transplant is a cancer treatment that involves receiving stem cells from a donor.

Preparing for treatment

There are a few things you can do to prepare for a stem cell and bone marrow transplant.

If someone you know is having treatment

You’ll have to take some precautions when visiting a friend or relative at the hospital.

What happens after treatment?

You’ll be able to go home after treatment but you’ll need to make some adjustments to your lifestyle.