BMT Resources

This resource guide is intended to provide general and supportive information about Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

According to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), “Since blood and marrow are both good sources of stem cells for transplantation, the term 'stem cell transplantation' has replaced 'bone marrow transplantation' as the general term for this procedure. The acronym 'BMT' is now used to represent blood and marrow transplant." (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation. White Plains, NY: 2008.)


Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation: LLS booklet that provides information for patients and their families about blood or marrow stem cell transplantation for the treatment of leukemia lymphoma, myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes or other cancers of the blood and marrow.

Bone Marrow Transplantation and Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation: Questions and Answers - National Cancer Institute (NCI) fact sheet that explains the step-by-step procedures of two types of transplantations used with high-dose chemotherapy, including their risks and benefits.

Facts – This annual LLS publication is a compilation of the most recent data on incidence, mortality, and survival statistics associated with the types of cancer that start in the bone marrow and lymphatic system.

Stem Cell Transplantation – Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) booklet that explains the process of stem cell transplantation, why it is used in the treatment of myeloma and discusses the factors that are considered when determining whether a patient is a candidate for the procedure.

Step One: An Introduction to Marrow and Cord Blood Transplant – National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) publication that provides information to help you discuss treatment options with your doctor and make health care decisions.

Step Two: The Transplant Process – NMDP publication that discusses what to expect before, during and after transplantation.

The Paths to Progress/Los Pasos Hacia el Progreso: Understanding Blood Stem Cell Transplants - This NMDP resource is a bilingual CD. Using easily understood language about the transplant process, it was created to reach audio learners, Spanish speakers and people who are English language learners. The workbook supports key messages heard on the CD through interactive exercises and provides tools to help listeners learn more about transplants. This free resource can be ordered from the NMDP website.

Understanding Cancer Series: Blood Stem Cell Transplants - This NCI tutorial discusses how bone marrow produces blood-forming stem cells that include "starter" immune cells. When diseases like cancer or its treatment damage these starter cells, transplanting healthy stem cells from marrow or other sources can help some patients. Explains autologous, syngeneic, and allogeneic transplants as well as tissue typing.

Resources and Support

Caregivers' Guide for Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant- Practical Perspectives – National Bone Marrow Transplant (NBMT) Link book focuses on various perspectives to offer insights into the BMT caregiver role while acknowledging and affirming its importance. Available free for download or may be purchased from the NBMTLink.

Resource Guide for Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant: Including Bone Marrow, Peripheral Blood and Cord Blood Friends Helping Friends - NBMTLink reference booklet offers a wide range of topics and provides an overview of the transplant process. Highlighted are financial and insurance concerns, physical and practical issues. Available free for download or may be purchased from the NBMTLink.

Survivors' Guide for Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant What to Expect and How to Get Through It by Keren Stronach - NBMTLink book recounts the personal experiences of Keren Stronach, a two time transplant recipient; also includes the experiences of 25 former transplant patients. The book discusses the process that a recipient undergoes to prepare, undergo and recover from a bone and marrow stem cell transplant. Available free for download or may be purchased from the NBMTLink.

The New Normal: Life After Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant – Film from NBMTLink is an incredible story told through the voices of six BMT survivors and their caregivers. Although no film can fully prepare an individual for what they will face during a BMT, The New Normal provides information, inspiration and hope. Please visit to view segments of this Emmy® award-winning film. To purchase a DVD copy, please visit NBMTLink on the Internet.

Resources by Age Group

Discovery to Recovery: A Child's Guide to Bone Marrow Transplant – Award-winning NMDP interactive educational DVD and booklet for children ages five to nine who will be undergoing a marrow or cord blood transplant. The DVD tells the transplant story through two engaging puppets and provides interviews from children and their families who have been through the transplant process. The accompanying booklet is designed as a supportive tool to promote transplant discussion within the family. This free resource can be ordered from the NMDP website.

The Stem Cell Transplant Coloring Book – LLS publication for children with blood cancer who are coping with having a stem cell transplant. Also helpful for siblings, friends and classmates of the young patient and children with a parent who is having a stem cell transplant. Available free for download or may be purchased from the LLS.

Forward! Living Life after Transplant - NMDP educational magazine and DVD helps teens and young adults know what to expect before, during and after transplant. It features five young transplant recipients who share their journey and offer advice for dealing with physical and physiological changes, as well as relationships, school and self-image post transplant. This free resource can be ordered from the NMDP website.

Decisions. Support. Possibilities. Transplant as an Option When You are 50 and Older - NMDP kit of educational materials containing a DVD and two booklets that give patients in this age group tools they can use to talk to their family and their doctor about treatment choices. It's important for patients to understand all of the options when making a decision about treatment. This free resource can be ordered from the NMDP website.


Blood and Marrow Transplant Information Network (BMTInfoNet) – A not-for-profit organization dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of persons facing a bone marrow, blood stem cell or umbilical cord blood transplant.

National Bone Marrow Transplant Link (NBMTLink) – National not-for-profit organization helps patients,their caregivers, families and the health care community to meet the many challenges of stem cell transplant by providing vital information and support services.

National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP)– An extensive network of U.S. and international organizations dedicated to facilitating marrow and blood cell transplants for patients who do not have a matching donor in their family. The NMDP Network brings together the expertise of leading hospitals, blood centers, laboratories and recruiters.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) - The world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The Society's mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

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American Society for Blood & Marrow Transplantation

The American Society for Blood & Marrow Transplantation's Guidelines, Policy Statements and Reviews

The International Society for Cellular Therapy

The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy

The European Group for Blood & Marrow Transplantation

The Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research

The National Marrow Donor Program