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Resource Guide for Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant
Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant Resource Guide, Friends Helping Friends was first published in 1990. Much has changed in the world of stem cell transplant (SCT) since the publication of the original Resource Guide. This is a rapidly evolving field and some of the information published in this book might already be dated. Your health care team is the best source of current medical information.
Over a decade ago, there was an unmet need for information and support regarding stem cell transplant. Because of this, a dedicated group of SCT survivors, family members, friends, and health professionals responded by writing the Bone Marrow Transplant Resource Guide, Friends Helping Friends. The booklet was very well received and has since been distributed to more than 50,000 people worldwide, and to countless others via the Internet. The overwhelming response to this publication led to the creation of the National Bone Marrow Transplant Link (nbmtLINK) in 1992. The nbmtLINK’s outreach to patients and families continues to be dynamic, but the focus remains steadfast: to help patients, as well as their caregivers, families, and the health care community, meet the many challenges of stem cell transplant by providing vital information and support services.
We know that medical technology will continue to change the nature of stem cell transplant. Much has been learned. Much is yet to be discovered. We encourage you to use this booklet as a guide to enhance the recommendations of your physician and health care team. It is not a substitute for medical advice or an endorsement for a particular procedure. It is meant to clarify the subject of stem cell transplant, including bone marrow, peripheral blood, and cord blood transplants, for you. We hope that it will be helpful.
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