Nursing care of patients undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation
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Nursing care of patients undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation

Marvelle Brown Macmillan senior lecturer (haematology), Thames Valley University, London

Stem cell transplantation (SCT) may be a treatment option for patients who have been diagnosed with a haemato-oncological condition, such as leukaemia, lymphoma or multiple myeloma. SCT is a complex and challenging treatment. In particular, allogeneic transplant significantly increases the risk of developing infections. This article provides an overview of allogeneic SCT, discusses why infections are a major problem and highlights the role nurses play in preventing and managing established infections in this patient group.

Nursing Standard. 25, 11,47-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.11.25.11.47.c8105

Correspondence

marvelle.brown@tvu.ac.uk

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review