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Frequently Asked Questions

Can children receive a bone marrow transplant?

Yes, children can have this procedure. Our cancer experts will evaluate them to make sure they are good candidates for the treatment.

How can we find the right donor for a bone marrow transplant?

Often, a patient's family may be a match for a transplant. Parents and siblings have a high chance of being a match. We can also use the National Marrow Donor Program [LD2] (NMDP) and other registries to find a compatible match.

What are the side effects of a bone marrow transplant?

Side effects depend on whether the stem cells came from a patients own cells (autologous) or a donor (allogenic). Side effects that can occur from either type of transplant include:

The main risk of receiving donor cells is the body rejecting the cells or developing Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) (when the cells attack the body).

Most side effects can be controlled. Your stem cell transplant physician has expertise in managing these symptoms and making them tolerable.

How long until an adult can go back to work or a child can go back to school after a bone marrow transplant?

An adult or child may need to wait up to one year before he or she can go back to work or school. It can take up to 12 months for a person's immune system to go back to normal after a transplant. Our specialists can help determine when it is safe to return to work or school.

How many bone marrow transplants does a person usually need?

Usually, a person only needs one bone marrow transplant. However, there are some disorders that may require additional transplants. We will work with you to determine how many transplants you need.

How long does a person need to stay in the hospital?

The amount of time in the hospital can vary. The hospital stay is typically two to four weeks based on the type of transplant. Some types of tranplants can be done completely outpatient (no hospital stay required).

Is a bone marrow transplant painful?

No, usually patients do not feel any pain during the transplant.

Is a bone marrow transplant an outpatient procedure?

Depending on the patient's overall health and medical conditions, this can be an outpatient procedure. Our experts will help determine the best way for the patient to receive treatment.

Are accommodations available for patients and families who want to receive treatment at Orlando Health but are not from the area?

Yes, we have prearranged rates for our patients and families at many hotels. If you need help finding accommodations, please call administration at (407) 498-3432.