High dose chemotherapy destroys cancer cells, but also damages the stem cells that make blood cells in the bone marrow. So if you need high dose treatment you need a way of replacing the stem cells that have been destroyed. This is called having a stem cell or bone marrow transplant. They are sometimes called bone marrow rescue or stem cell rescue or intensive treatments.
Find out what a transplant is and why you might have it for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).
Depending on your situation, you might have a transplant using your own stem cells (an autologous transplant). Or using stem cells from another person (an allogeneic transplant).
Read about stem cell collection, how to prepare and what happens on the day.
Read about having high dose treatment and an infusion of stem cells (the transplant).
Find out more about the side effects of high dose chemotherapy, whole body radiotherapy and stem cell or bone marrow transplants.
Find out who can be a stem cell or bone marrow donor, and how to register.
It takes a long time to get over intensive treatment such as a stem cell or bone marrow transplant. You might need to make adjustments in various parts of your life.