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I’m Scheduled To Have A Stem Cell Transplant Next Month, And Wanted To Know If The Process Was Rough Or Easy?

I’m Scheduled To Have A Stem Cell Transplant Next Month, And Wanted To Know If The Process Was Rough Or Easy?

How long does it take for the immune system to rebound?

A MyMyelomaTeam Member said:

Awesome, James and good luck to you.. The whole process is pretty easy, just do what they tell you and EAT THAT ICE1 you'll see what I mean when the time comes..everyone is different...I had very little discomfort was home in 2 1/2 weeks but unable to go anywhere for a month. I didn't have an appetite for awhile, the best advice I can give is.. just do what they tell you. You will do great

posted almost 3 years ago
A MyMyelomaTeam Member said:

There are 2 choices - INpatient and OUTpatient. I chose INpatient at Mayo in Arizona. Great choice; as 20 days with no infection worries and round the clock care. Pretty tough but doable. Watch movies and have popcorn in the evenings with your squeeze. Chew as much ice as you can stand for the Melephan part. You will lose your hair, but I didn't lose any weight. I took an extra 40 days before I returned to work and being at a desk that has worked out nicely. My best guess is you can't get revaccinated for at least a year so that tells you something. Flying on a plane or being in crowded areas wear a mask for at least 6 months. Good luck!

posted over 2 years ago
A MyMyelomaTeam Member said:

I had SCT 3 years ago on March 11. I was released from the hospital after 13 days. Normal rebound is about 100 days. I got the all clear after 90 days.

posted almost 3 years ago
A MyMyelomaTeam Member said:

Agree with Jackie.
Read every thing they give you . Eat ice and popsicles ( I took it and rolled/rubbed it all inside my mouth )
I never got the first sore. They couldn't believe it .

posted almost 3 years ago
A MyMyelomaTeam Member said:

Amylynn, I know the unknown is scary and facing a transplant is probably one of the scariest things you will ever do. I had my transplant in Oct 2017, I was nervous but I had one fantastic support team between my family and my doctors.
Talk to your doctors, ask questions, read the info they give you and have your family do the same. When the time comes, just listen to your medical team and do what they say, no matter how lame it may sound...and EAT THE ICE. Chewing on ice was not something I enjoy but my daughter stayed with and made sure i did just that..a few days later I was thankful I did....it helps prevent sores in the mouth and in your digestive system so you don't get sick. My biggest complaint was the loosing of my hair...but for what we gain, that was ok...hair does grow back. I wish you luck on you future ASCT..try to stay calm...everything will be ok...

posted almost 3 years ago
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