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Calling all haemato-oncology nurses: The seven steps is back!

Emily Peters
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25 Jul 2014

We’ve updated our seven-step guide to stem cell and bone marrow transplants – and it’s now available to order and download

Doctor and patient talking

Forty years ago, a bone marrow transplant was an exciting but experimental blood cancer treatment. For many patients, it offered the chance of a cure – but it also carried a number of risks.

Today, following years of research and development, stem cell transplants have become the treatment of choice for a number of blood cancers and related conditions – but before having one, there’s a barrage of information for prospective transplant patients to digest.

Over the past few months, we’ve been updating our guide to this form of treatment, to ensure patients receive the most up-to-date information in a format that’s digestible, easy-to-understand and – most of all – supportive. The revised booklet, now called: The seven steps: blood stem cell and bone marrow transplants, offers a detailed description of the transplant process, and includes a number of tips to help patients cope with both the physical and emotional aspects of life before, during and after their transplant.

Written by Clinical Nurse Specialist Michelle Kenyon in partnership with Bloodwise, the booklet is broken down into seven steps, allowing readers to dip in and out as they choose. These steps take patients through every stage of the process, from planning for their hospital stay, right through to long-term recovery.  

Alongside illustrative photographs and a more user-friendly layout, the updated booklet now also includes a series of quotes from former blood cancer patients who have had successful stem cell transplants – and who also provided feedback at crucial stages in the booklet’s development. We’d like to thank each of our reviewers for their invaluable input and hope that their words will offer an honest but reassuring insight for prospective transplant recipients.

We’d also like to say a huge thank you to Michelle for devoting the time to help us refresh and update this booklet – and to Dr Kavita Raj, a member of our Medical Advisory Panel who checked it for clinical accuracy.

"This booklet has been a valuable resource for many patients and their carers for a number of years," says Michelle. "Now that the content meets the Information Standard, I hope that it now reaches many more patients in addressing their concerns and information needs on their transplant journeys."

If you’d like to share the revised booklet with your patients, you can download it in PDF format, or fill out an order form if you’d like hard copies sent to your hospital.

For more information about this resource, or to access more patient information, please visit our patient booklet pages or contact us on information@bloodwise.org.uk

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