The Stem Cell Transplant Unit at Kingston General Hospital is a regional transplant facility that performs approximately 50 transplants per-year. A multidisciplinary team of professionals will provide you with care and management both as an inpatient and outpatient. The unit performs autologous stem cell transplants to treat several types of cancer, most often blood cancers. An autologous stem cell transplant involves removing some of your own body’s stem cells, getting a high dose of chemotherapy, and then re-infusing the stem cells back into your body afterwards. This treatment allows you to receive much higher doses of chemotherapy than usual. The stem cells, once re-infused back into your body will help re-grow your blood cells after the high dose of chemotherapy. You will stay in the hospital for about three to four weeks after the stem cells are re-infused into your body to allow your blood counts to recover. At KGH, the types of cancer treated with an autologous stem cell transplant are: • Relapsed Hodgkin’s disease • Relapsed or Aggressive Lymphoma • Multiple myeloma or plasma cell disorders With lymphomas, the purpose of the transplant may be to cure the disease or control the disease symptoms and improve your quality of life. With myeloma, the purpose of the transplant is to control the disease symptoms and improve your quality of life. To be seen by the Stem Cell Transplant Program, you must be referred by a doctor. If you are referred to the program, the stem cell transplant team will explain why you have been recommended a stem cell transplant, and they will also tell you about the possible benefits and risks. You and your family are important members of your health care team during your treatment. You know your body better than anyone else, so we will count on you Patients know best about their body, health and needs. The health care team counts on patients and family members to let them know how they are doing. Other types of transplants, that use stem cells from a donor, are not available at KGH. If you require a stem cell transplant that uses donor stem cells, you will be referred to another hospital outside of the region.