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Recovering from a transplant takes time. Some complications are common. Your doctor can help you understand possible complications and treatments to help reduce them. You will stay in or near the hospital during early recovery. The sections below explain common words related to recovery and provide helpful tips to support your recovery.

“Transplant is doable, but not easy. This is more of a marathon than a sprint. Your life will be affected forever in both positive and negative ways. Surround yourself with friends and have a committed caregiver who will be your advocate as well. Focus on the things you can do instead of your limitations." - Evelyn, transplant recipient


Engraftment is when your new blood-forming cells begin to grow in your blood. Read more about engraftment.

Managing your medicines

You may have to take a lot of medicine after transplant. Find tips for organizing your medicines.

Food safety

It’s important to prepare and store your food safely after transplant. Learn more about safe eating after transplant.

Graft-Versus-Host Disease (GVHD) basics

GVHD is a common complication after an allogeneic transplant (cells from a donor). Read about the two main types of GVHD. 

GVHD prevention

There’s no guaranteed way to prevent GVHD, but there are ways to lower your risk.

GVHD signs and symptoms

If GVHD is caught early, treatments may work better. Learn about the early signs and symptoms of GVHD.

GVHD treatment

Find out how GVHD may be treated and download the GVHD Fast Facts series developed by Be The Match and the Chronic GVHD Consortium.

Long term recovery

It’s important to get regular check-ups after transplant. Learn how to take care of your health after transplant and download or order the After Transplant Care Guidelines for Patients.