Potential Side Effects from Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplants for Multiple Myeloma
The early side effects of transplants are mostly from the high-dose chemotherapy you get before the transplant, not from the transplant itself and should go away as you recover. The most common side effects listed here vary based on whether the transplanted cells came from you or from a donor. Ask your doctor which side effects you are most likely to have:
Your doctor may also do blood tests during your treatment to check for low blood cell counts. And he or she will also check your blood pressure to make sure it is not low.
Some side effects may be long-lasting or appear years later. These are possible long-term side effects:
Severe skin rashes with itching, severe diarrhea, fatigue, and muscle aches. These symptoms may indicate graft-versus-host disease, a condition that occurs if the immune system cells in the donor’s stem cells attack your skin, liver, gastrointestinal tract, mouth, or other organs.