Stem cell transplants for CML

A stem cell transplant may be used if:

If your doctor thinks a stem cell transplant may be appropriate for you, they will discuss it with you in more detail. Stem cell transplants are only done in specialist cancer treatment centres.

A stem cell transplant allows you to have much higher doses of chemotherapy than usual. You may also have radiotherapy (high-energy rays) to the whole body. This may cure some people with leukaemia, or put the leukaemia into remission.

If you have a stem cell transplant for CML, you will usually have stem cells from someone else who is a match for you (a donor). This is called a donor stem cell transplant or an allogeneic stem cell transplant.

We have more information about donor stem cells transplants.

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Your feelings

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