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Stem cell transplant (allogeneic)

Bone marrow is located in the central cavity of the bones. Stem cells are produced in the bone marrow (your blood factory). Those stem cells develop into red and white blood cells and platelets. When the blood factory does not work properly, we can replace it by introducing donor stem cells. We call this allogeneic stem cell transplantation.

Your child is first treated with chemotherapy, serotherapy and/or radiotherapy. This pretreatment suppresses your child's bone marrow to create room for the donor's stem cells. Your child is then administered healthy donor stem cells via an IV. The stem cells find their way through the blood to the central cavities of the bones where they build a new blood factory. It takes a while for the blood factory to work properly and produce healthy blood cells.

Before treatment you will receive the Dagboekagenda Stamceltransplantatie. You can also download it here.
For your child there is the card Stamceltransplantatie and the booklet Een nieuwe bloedfabriek voor Samira (available at Vereniging Kinderkanker Nederland).