Infections are a serious problem when developing a new immune system following transplantation. Close monitoring of different types of infections is critical for success. Immunosuppressive treatments to prevent GVHH may increase the risk of certain infections. The nature of the risk of infection changes over time, and your doctor can make recommendations to help reduce the risk of serious infection.
Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet can be seen as a side effect of some types of chemotherapy. It may decrease over time, but it does not recover completely. There may also be deterioration over time.
Infertility. Most bone marrow and cord blood transplants cannot have children as a result of treatment. For some men, a sperm bank may help.
Sexual problems; loss of interest, pain and other disorders are common during the recovery period. Elimination of hormone deficiency and other measures can help with these issues.
Feelings of depression, anger or guilt. Recovery is a slow process and can be frustrating by uniting with changing emotions throughout the transplant process. Medicines, social support and counseling can be helpful in dealing with these problems.
Fatigue (feeling tired) is the most common long-term side effect of transplant. You can expect to feel sluggish most of the months after your transplant. Some transplant patients say that they have never had as much energy as they had before transplantation, but that they could cope with it over time.
Memory and concentration problems occur in most patients receiving chemotherapy. Many people have short-term memory or concentration problems. For most people, this is not enough to prevent them from returning to work or school.