The transplant experience can affect you physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually with some people more affected than others. It can affect social relationships and the ability to work in the same profession or with the same intensity; this can have an impact on your quality of life.
It is estimated that around 25% of bone marrow transplant recipients have on-going medical problems after transplant.
Causes of late or longer term effects are; chemotherapy, radiotherapy, chronic graft versus host disease (cGvHD), the dose and duration of steroids and drugs that lower the immune system. Toxicities will vary from one person to the next.
It is important to realise that not every problem explored on this website will affect you, however there are some issues that affect all transplant patients and these will have been discussed with you at clinic.
As survival after transplant is increasing we have a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding late effects. We would also welcome any suggestions or tips from you that we can pass on to other transplant recipients.
The information on this website (in the Health Issues section) is a guide to most late effects of transplantation and is intended as a supplement only to discussion with your clinical team.
The website below has information relating to bone marrow transplant including ‘the survivorship guide’ patient experiences and comments. Please click on the web link below and select resources.