You will likely be in the hospital for 4 to 6 weeks following the transplant. For at least some of the time, you will be in a room that is isolated from other patients to help prevent infections.
After you leave the hospital, you will need to return to your doctor's office frequently for several months and you will have several blood tests. The catheter will remain in your chest during that time. When you see your doctor, he or she will check your catheter, examine you for signs of infection and other problems, and review your blood test results.
You also may have tests of your bone marrow to see how well the new cells are growing. This test is called a biopsy. A small sample of your bone marrow is removed through a needle and is examined under a microscope. You also will have tests to see whether any cancer remains.
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