You will need to think about the benefits and risks of this treatment very carefully before you decide. A donor stem cell transplant may increase the chance of being cured, or of getting you into remission more than any other treatment. But you will need to consider this against the risks.
There have been lots of developments in the care of people having a transplant. But some people will still have serious side effects or complications that may be life threatening.
Your specialist will talk to you about this. Although this can be upsetting, it is important that they tell you about all the possible risks.
You will need some time to think things over before you make your decision. You will probably want to talk to your family, friends and partner, if you have one. Most transplant units have a nurse specialist, transplant co-ordinator, social worker or counsellor who you can talk to.
It is a good idea to have someone with you when you talk to the hospital team. They can support you and help you understand the information you have been given. You don’t need to rush your decision.
It is important to have all the information you need first. Make sure you ask your specialist doctor and nurse all your questions. You will usually be given written information. We have more information on making treatment decisions that might help.