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A successful marrow or cord blood transplant can help you live a longer and healthier life. For many patients, a transplant offers the best or only hope for a cure.

There are risks, and most patients will have some long-term effects or complications from transplant. Some of these go away over time; others can be long lasting. Some are fairly easy to manage, while others can be more difficult and sometimes life-threatening.

Talk with your doctor about your particular situation

Many diseases that can be treated with a bone marrow or cord blood transplant change or progress over time. In most cases, the earlier you meet with a transplant doctor after your diagnosis, the better. Your doctor will recommend the best treatment option for you, which will depend on your individual risk factors, such as signs that your disease is likely to return and whether you have other health problems.

Both your risk factors and the state of your disease at the time of transplant can affect how well you do after transplant. In general, patients tend to have better results if they get a transplant:

  • Early in the course of the disease.
  • When the disease is in remission or there is little disease in the body after treatment.
  • When the disease is responsive to chemotherapy or other similar types of treatment.
  • When they are in good overall health and their organs work well.

A transplant doctor will review your case and examine you carefully before deciding if transplant is a good treatment option for you. This check-up also helps you and your doctor better understand the challenges you could face if you have a transplant.

Be The Match® patient services coordinators can answer your questions and provide support and education to help you navigate your transplant journey.

Don't hesitate to ask your doctor questions about the risks and benefits of transplant as a treatment for your disease. Ask your doctor to explain what side effects you can expect from your transplant, the short and long lasting effects, and what treatments can help manage them. Be aware that each patient’s situation is unique and that there may be differences in how you do, compared to other patients, in terms of risks and benefits. Your transplant team is the best source of information about your particular situation and the risks and benefits of transplant as part of your treatment.

Visit Learning about your disease to learn more about the benefits of transplant in treating your disease and Adjusting to life after transplant for more information on what to expect after having a transplant.