No matter where you are in your stem cell/bone marrow transplant journey — preparing for transplant; in the midst of treatment; or months or years post-transplant — we are committed to delivering compassionate care and offering ongoing support for you and your loved ones. Here you will find resources and tools to support you and your caregivers as you progress through the stem cell transplant process and your recovery.
How to Choose a Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Transplant Center
Choosing a stem cell/bone marrow transplant center is one of the most important decisions you will make during your, or your loved one's treatment for cancer or another serious illness. With many programs to choose from, the task may seem overwhelming.
Comprehensive Information Guide
Stem cell/bone marrow transplant is a lengthy and complex experience. To help you and your caregivers understand the procedure and help you feel as comfortable as possible through every step of care, we have developed the comprehensive, printed education guide, Adult Stem Cell Transplantation: An Information Guide for Patients and Caregivers. Information from this guide is also online on our Stem Cell Transplant Patient Education website. Your Dana-Farber oncology nurse navigator will review these resources with you.
Dana-Farber has created educational videos to help patients better understand key phases of the stem cell transplant process:
- Webchat: What to know about stem cell transplant
- The Stem Cell Collection Process for Autologous Stem Cell Transplant Patients
- What to Expect While in the Hospital for Stem Cell Transplant
Additional video resources are available through our patient education website. Information for accessing the website is available from your Dana-Farber oncology nurse navigator. On the website, you will find:
- How to eat safely after stem cell transplant
- How to take tacrolimus/sirolimus (for allogeneic stem cell transplant patients)
As you prepare for your stem cell transplant, you may also need to plan accommodations for your family or caregivers who will stay in Boston during your admission. Our resource specialists are here to help you learn about available housing options. We recommend you begin researching options as soon as it is clear you will be receiving your transplant, as housing options in Boston and the Longwood Medical Area are limited.
We understand that cancer affects patients and their families in many ways. We offer a wide range of support services — from financial planning to creative arts to spiritual counseling — to support our patients and caregivers through their cancer experiences.
Here are some of the services we provide: