Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) provides a wide range of educational, emotional, practical, and spiritual sources of support for all patients and their families. Learn more about our Patient and Family Support Services.
Stem Cell Transplantation: An Information Guide for Patients and Caregivers
At the beginning of your transplant experience, you will receive a comprehensive guidebook that defines each step involved before, during, and after transplant. Your program nurse will review the guidebook with you and will be happy to answer your questions
or provide additional information at any time. The guide also comes with a companion version for your caregiver(s).
Private Online Support Community
Hosted by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Stem Cell Transplant Online Community is a safe, private, and welcoming space for all DF/BWCC
stem cell transplant patients and their caregivers. By taking part in the community, you will find — and be able to offer others — emotional support, helpful resource materials, and practical suggestions about life before, during, and after stem cell
Patient and Family Education
Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) offers a comprehensive education program for stem cell transplant patients and their caregivers, including blended learning tools. You and your family can also take part in the many different
events, seminars, and workshops held at Dana-Farber.
Services for Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Donors
Dana-Farber's Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Donor Services program is accredited by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and provides several services for both related and unrelated bone marrow/stem cell donors. These services include education and advocacy,
stem cell and bone marrow collection coordination, and long-term support and follow-up care.
A pharmacy resource specialist will be available to assist you and your caregiver prior to transplant, during your inpatient stay, and after your transplant to help identify the medications and supplies you need and to offer additional pharmacy assistance.
Financial and Housing Assistance
Our transplant financial counselors are experienced in helping plan for payment of transplant and other related services. We can help you sort through the details and steps needed to make your financial arrangements go smoothly.
As you prepare for your stem cell transplant, you may also need to plan accommodations for your family and/or caregivers who will stay in Boston during your admission. Our resource specialists are here to help you learn about available housing options.
Your stem cell transplant care team will continue to be available for support during your recovery. After leaving the hospital, you will have scheduled follow-up visits (usually weekly for the first few months) at Dana-Farber on an outpatient basis. These
visits will usually include a physical exam, blood count checks, and the opportunity to speak with your transplant doctor, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, and nurse about any questions or concerns you may have.
Returning Home and Living Well Beyond Cancer
Dana-Farber's Adult Survivorship Program helps cancer survivors manage their long-term care. Working with the program, you will receive a comprehensive survivorship assessment from a nurse practitioner who is experienced in follow-up care. The staff of
the Adult Survivorship Program collaborates closely with the stem cell transplant team to ensure you receive the right care for you, at each stage of your recovery from transplant and in the days, months, and years beyond.