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Complications that can show up after stem cell transplants

Cancer patients in Arizona who have had stem cell transplants face the possibility of certain medical complications after the procedure. The types of issues that stem cell transplant recipients could experience will vary greatly and depend on the kind of transplant that they had. Some complications are caused by the secondary treatments that patients are given around the time that they had a stem cell transplant.

One of the most common complications that people experience after having a stem cell transplant is damage to other organs. Long-term problems that affect the heart, kidneys, lungs, liver and nervous system are often a side effect of a transplant. These problems are caused by the medicines that are used during the transplant.

Patients who have undergone a stem cell transplant may also suffer from infertility. Stem cell transplants do not cause problems having children, but the high doses of chemotherapy that are often prescribed to cancer patients often do. A stem cell transplant recipient could also experience a relapse of their original cancer or a secondary cancer caused by the treatment. Some studies have demonstrated that secondary cancers are a more common side effect for patients who have had allogeneic transplants.

A cancer patient should be fully informed by their doctor about all of the possible side effects of a stem cell transplant or other cancer treatment. A patient who was not warned about the possibility of complications before a procedure was done may have a case for filing a medical malpractice claim. This could also be the case if it is determined that the doctor made a surgical mistake during treatment that led to worsening conditions.

Source: American Cancer Society, "Transplant problems that may show up later", accessed on Feb. 4, 2015

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