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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.

What is a stem cell or bone marrow transplant?

Find out what a transplant is and why you might have it for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).

Types of transplant

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). 

Collecting stem cells

Read about stem cell collection, how to prepare and what happens on the day. 

Having a transplant

Read about having high dose treatment and an infusion of stem cells (the transplant).  

Side effects of stem cell or bone marrow transplant

Find out more about the side effects of high dose chemotherapy, whole body radiotherapy and stem cell or bone marrow transplants.

Who can donate stem cells or bone marrow?

Find out who can be a stem cell or bone marrow donor, and how to register.

After a transplant

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.

Last reviewed: 
16 Nov 2017

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