Stem cell or bone marrow transplants for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)
You might have a transplant with high dose chemotherapy and sometimes radiotherapy. A transplant can also be called stem cell or bone marrow rescue, or intensive treatment.
What is a stem cell or bone marrow transplant?
Stem cells are collected from the bloodstream, or less often from the bone marrow.
A transplant using your own cells for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)
This transplant uses your own stem cells to replace blood cells destroyed by high doses of chemotherapy and other treatments.
A transplant using a donor's stem cells for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)
When you have a stem cell transplant using another person’s stem cells, it is called an allogeneic transplant.
Side effects of a transplant
The side effects of a stem cell or bone marrow transplant include a risk of infection and bleeding and sickness and diarrhoea.
Who can donate stem cells or bone marrow?
To be a donor you need to have stem cells that match the person you are donating to. Find out more.