Matthew had his transplant in 2015 when he was 20 years old, after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). He spoke to Billie in the Anthony Nolan Patient Services team about his experiences.
Reaching a year post-transplant is a significant milestone for blood cancer patients.
Billie in the Anthony Nolan Patient Services team spoke to Joanna, who had her transplant in 2016 to treat acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).
Joanna told us what her recovery was really like, and shared tips for other patients going through those difficult first few months. She also talked about the huge effect a transplant has on those closest to you, and how her family have grown closer in coping together.
Changes to body image are an important part of post-transplant recovery, and they can mean different things to each individual patient. Some side effects of treatment that affect body image can be expected. Other changes are not, and this can be difficult for patients and families to cope with.
In today’s blog, Hayley – Anthony Nolan Lead Nurse – discusses body image issues and where you can go for help.
Stem cell transplants, and other treatments for blood cancer, can result in side effects which cause changes to the body – in both appearance and function. We spoke to four patients about dealing with their body image post-transplant.
Megan was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia when she was 11 years old, and had a double cord transplant at 17. After this failed, she received a haplo transplant from her mum. (This is a transplant based on a 50% match, usually from a parent).
Megan is now 25, and in her fifth year of medical school, studying oncology. She spoke to Billie in the Patient Services Team about her experiences.
Will was 25 years old when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). He has one sibling, George, who turned out to be a 10/10 match for him – and so Will was able to have a sibling transplant.
Billie in the Patient Services Team spoke to each of them to learn more about how they found the experience.