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Caregivers' Guide for Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant


The National Bone Marrow Transplant Link (nbmtLINK) would like to acknowledge the transplant patients, survivors, caregivers, and health professionals who generously shared their experiences and recommendations, and the other individuals who reviewed and edited sections of this booklet’s earlier edition.

The nbmtLINK would also like to acknowledge the editors, reviewers, and< nbmtLINK staff who helped update this second edition of the Caregivers’ Guide.

Myra Jacobs, MA
National Bone Marrow Transplant Link

Jean Jones
National Bone Marrow Transplant Link

Muneer H. Abidi, MD
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute

Kari Bailey, MBC
National Marrow Donor Program

Michelle Burda, MLS
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Sarah Christensen, MA
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center

Jill Dowdy, MLIS
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center

Katy Fasl, MSW
University of Michigan Health System

Heather Sikora James
National Marrow Donor Program

Emily McChesney, MSW, LICSW
National Marrow Donor Program

Tiffany Rowe, MBA
National Bone Marrow Transplant Link

We are also grateful to our dedicated nbmtLINK office volunteers who helped make this booklet possible:
Lori Strager, Chris McClellan, Peg McIvor, and Marilyn Beckham

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support for this Caregivers’ Guide from the following:

Sustaining Partners

American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation

The Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Northside Hospital

Children's Hospital of Michigan

City of Hope Cancer Center

Community Cancer Care Specialists

Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals

Henry Ford Transplant Institute

J.P. McCarthy Foundation

Karmanos Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

National Marrow Donor Program

OHSU Center for Hematologic Malignancies

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Supporting Partners

Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes Jewish Hospital andWashington University School of Medicine

UPMC Cancer Centers/Stem Cell Transplant Program


Collaborating Partners

Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation
Gilda's Club Worldwide
The Nebrasks Medical Center
Rosalynn Carter Institute
Rocky Mountain Blood and Marrow Transplant Program

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Table of Contents



Why a Special Booklet for Caregivers?

My Gift to Mom for Her Second Birthday: An Adult Daughter's Perspective

Tackling the Challenge: A Husband's Perspective

Cancer Etiquette: A Survivor's Perspective on Effective Communication

Top Tips for Parent Caregivers: A Mother's Perspective

Another Way to Say I Love You: A Wife's Perspective

Emotional Aspects of Caregiving: An Oncology Social Worker's Perspective

Relying on a Family of Strangers: A Patient's Perspective

Symptom Management for Caregivers: An Oncology Nurse's Perspective

How to Be a Successful Family Caregiver: An Advocate's Perspective

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