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What happens to stem cells after a stem cell transplant?

After a stem cell transplant, the stem cells go into the bloodstream, and then travel to the bone marrow. Here they start making new blood cells. It can take a few weeks for them to settle in, and people have to stay in the hospital during this time. If people have an allogeneic stem cell transplant, there is a risk that the donor's immune system will attack the recipient's cells. This is called graft versus host (GVH) disease. It can be serious, but there are medicines to treat it.

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