There are lots of organisations, support groups and helpful books to help you cope with a transplant and its side effects.
Cancer Research UK information and support
Cancer Research UK is the largest cancer research organisation in the world outside the USA. We fund research on all aspects of cancer from its causes to prevention and treatment.
We are committed to producing high quality information for people affected by cancer. As well as looking at the information on this website you can call our nurse freephone helpline on 0808 800 4040. They are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Or you can send them a question online.
Cancer Chat is our online forum where you can share experiences.
Transplant support organisations
Anthony Nolan runs one of the largest bone marrow donor databases in the world. It has regional centres which are listed on its website. It also provides information about being a stem cell or bone marrow donor.
It is looking for people in good health aged 16–30 to join the Anthony Nolan register. In particular, they need more young men and people from black and minority ethnic communities to sign up.
General enquiries: 0303 303 0303, open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
This charity aims to increase the number of people registered as potential stem cell donors to increase the number of lives saved with blood cancer treatments. The organisation raises awareness of the blood stem cell registry and how people can potentially save a life by joining it. It works with patients and families who are searching for matching blood stem cell donors by supporting their appeals and recruitment events.
On the website, you can register and request a cheek swab kit to enable you to join the register.
Tel: 020 8747 5620
The National Blood Service
The NHS Blood and Transplant service runs the blood donation scheme and organises the supply of blood products. They also run the British Bone Marrow Register (BBMR). The BBRM helps find people stem cell matches.
Telephone: 0300 123 23 23
Blood Cancer UK funds research into leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. It also provides patient information booklets and leaflets that you can download or order from their website.
Support line: 0808 2080 888
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The American National Cancer Institute has a section about transplants. On American websites, not all the information is relevant for a UK audience.