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Around 3 months after the transplant, your doctor will run tests to check on your cancer and will meet with you to discuss the results. Some patients may not need any more treatment, while some may go on maintenance treatment. Your doctor or nurse will let you know when tests will be done to check the effects of the chemotherapy and the results of the transplant. You will be watched closely by the transplant team and your regular doctor for many months. You will have regular visits to check your disease and for any long-term side effects.

It is normal to feel a little tired for a few months after the transplant. Even when feeling tired, it is important to stay active. Exercise such as walking may help you get your energy level back to what it used to be quicker. It may seem to take a long time before you start to feel better. Community support groups such as the American Cancer Society may help. Other patients of stem cell transplants are also good support. It is important for you and your family to know that recovery takes time and not to try to rush it. Try to keep positive during this time and listen to your body. If you have conerns while you get better, talk with your doctor or nurse about them.

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