What is high-dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplant?

Cheryl Taylor
Oncology Nursing

High-dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplant is often used in disease such as leukemia and lymphomas that have affected the bone marrow. The doses of chemotherapy are high enough that they wipe out the patient's bone marrow. In this case the patient will need a stem cell transplant to replenish the marrow, the transplant can come from themselves (taken when they are in remission from disease) or from another donor (depending on the disease).

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