MSK can do outpatient stem cell transplants for some people who are having certain types of transplants. Rather than staying in the hospital, you can stay at the MSK residence or a nearby apartment and visit the outpatient transplant clinic every day. You will be admitted to the hospital only if more care is needed.
You will need someone to stay with you. This person needs to be with you all of the time that you are not in the clinic. Your caregiver will keep track of all the fluid that you drink and call the hospital if you have a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or other symptoms.
The Role of Your Caregiver
An important step in getting ready for a transplant is choosing a caregiver. This person will be a big part of your healthcare team. Your caregiver is usually a family member or a close friend. They will be responsible for some of the medical, practical, and emotional support you need during your transplant. Your caregiver needs to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week once you leave the hospital.
MSK has a number of support programs for caregivers and other family members. These include individual and group counseling and online support groups.