What to Know About Stem Cell Transplants for Leukemia
A stem cell transplant for leukemia is specifically called a hematopoietic stem cell transplant. It's also called a bone marrow transplant or a peripheral blood stem cell transplant, depending on where the stem cells are taken from.
Stem cells are single cells that are like cells with a blank slate. Bone marrow stem cells can develop into any kind of blood cell. These are called hematopoietic stem cells. In the case of leukemia, a stem cell transplant helps your body make new healthy blood cells after treatment with high-dose chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or both. It replaces the stem cells that are killed during treatment.