What to Expect After a Stem Cell Transplant for Acute Myeloid Leukemia
The early side effects of a stem cell transplant are mostly from the high-dose chemotherapy. These should go away as you recover from the transplant. You may also experience a strange taste in your mouth from the preservative used to freeze the stem cells. These are some common side effects:
Potential long-term side effects
Side effects may be long lasting or appear years later. These are possible long-term side effects:
Severe skin rashes with itching, yellowing of the skin or eyes, nausea, severe diarrhea, fatigue, and muscle aches. These symptoms may indicate graft-versus-host disease (GVHD), a condition that occurs if the immune system cells in the donor’s stem cells attack your skin, liver, gastrointestinal tract, mouth, or other organs. This is only seen with allogeneic transplants.