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Tests before transplant

You will have a physical checkup before you start the transplant process. This is to make sure that your body is healthy enough to have a transplant.

Physical checkups and tests before transplant depend on your disease and health history. They also may vary from hospital to hospital. Typically, the tests include:

  • Heart tests
  • Blood tests
  • Pulmonary (lung) function tests
  • Bone marrow biopsy — This is where a needle is put into your pelvic (hip) bone to take out a small sample of bone marrow.

A doctor studies the marrow under a microscope. Ask your doctor about any tests you don’t understand and make sure you are comfortable with your treatment plan.

Getting a central line

Before and after transplant, you will give blood samples, get intravenous (IV) medicines and likely get blood transfusions often. If you don’t already have one, you will have a central venous catheter, or central line, put in before your transplant to ease this process. Learn more about central lines. 

Chemotherapy or radiation

Before you get your cells, your doctors need to prepare your body to receive them. This is called the preparative regimen, or conditioning regimen. The preparative regimen is the chemotherapy and radiation you get in the days right before your transplant. Learn more about the chemotherapy or radiation before transplant.

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