If someone you love is undergoing a bone marrow or cord blood transplant (also called a BMT), you can be there to help. Most transplant centers require transplant patients to have a caregiver to help them through the treatment. A caregiver is there to give emotional support and be an advocate for the patient. Depending on the patient, a caregiver may also help with medical, financial and social needs. When you become a caregiver, you play an important role in your loved one's treatment and recovery.
What to expect
As a caregiver, you are a member of the health care team. You will play a role throughout the transplant, from planning through recovery.
What you may need
It will be important to meet your own needs, too. You will need to stay in good health and get your own support so you can do a good job as caregiver.
How others can help
Friends and family members may want to help. There are many things they can do.