It is very normal to find the process of going through a stem-cell transplant emotionally challenging. Sometimes feelings may become more difficult to deal with on your own and this might be when you want to ask for some extra help. You may want to talk to someone separate from your family, the ward team or your specialist nurse and this is an option.

The Clinical Psychosocial Oncology Service can see people if they are having a stem-cell transplant as treatment for a cancer. The team is made up of Clinical Psychologists and Liaison Psychiatrists. They can meet with you on the ward or in a clinic to discuss how you are feeling about your situation. They will want to listen to your story from your point of view and think with you about what kind of help you might like. Sometimes this can be specific strategies to help you get through a difficult situation and sometimes this might be a space to talk about your feelings. The person who you meet from the team can talk to you more about the options.

If you feel that you (or a member of your family) would benefit from this kind of help, please mention it to one of the nurses or doctors involved in your care. They will then contact us with a brief summary of the difficulties you are experiencing. A member of the team will then contact you to arrange a time to meet.

If you are having a stem-cell transplant as treatment for another condition (other than cancer) then there may still be the option of support through the Liaison Psychiatry team. Ask your doctors or nurses if you would like to be referred to this service.

It might also help to read After treatment has finished – What next which was written by Dr Peter Harvey, Consultant Psychologist who used to work for Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust. We have had a number of patient reports that this advice is very useful and ‘that it is the first time I have felt that someone knew where I was and what I had gone through’.

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