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Bone Marrow Transplant

A bone marrow transplant involves taking healthy stem cells from the bone marrow of one person and transferring them to the bone marrow of another person.

A bone marrow transplant has five stages:

  • Physical examination: This is to assess your general level of health
  • Harvesting: The process of obtaining stem cells to be used in the transplant
  • Conditioning: Preparing your body for the transplant
  • Transplanting the stem cells
  • Recovery period: During which you’ll be monitored for any complications or side effects.

Patients can be in the hospital for approximately 6-8 weeks, on occasions longer. Patients are kept in isolation during this period to minimise risk of infection. This is a national service for all donor transplants (siblings and volunteer unrelated donors).

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