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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?

posted January 14, 2019
A MyMyelomaTeam Member

I had my SCT March 31, 2021 at M D Anderson in Houston. I expected and mentally prepared for a horrible experience. They provided a solution for every possible side effect. It was not a bad experience at all. I was only in the hospital for 15 days and stayed near the hospital for an additional two weeks. Wishing you all the best!

posted October 13, 2021
A MyMyelomaTeam Member

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 May 4, 2019
A MyMyelomaTeam Member

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 February 10, 2019
A MyMyelomaTeam Member

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 February 27, 2019
A MyMyelomaTeam Member

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 February 14, 2019

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