The first successful bone marrow transplant (BMT) was performed in 1968, and since that time the treatment has evolved into one that offers a potential cure to thousands with cancer. Although young in comparison with other medical treatments, bone marrow transplantation is now considered an effective weapon in the fight against leukemia and other cancers. Despite all the attention recently given BMTs, detailed and easy-to-understand information for patients and their families has never before been available. Now, Marianne L. Shaffer, R.N. and former BMT patient, covers every aspect of the treatment, from diagnosis to post-transplant recovery, discussing such issues as how one decides to undergo the treatment and how marrow "matches" are located. With the author's unique insight, drawn from her experiences as a patient and a medical professional, Bone Marrow Transplants: A Guide for Cancer Patients and Their Families completely prepares you for this complicated but miraculous treatment. In addition, there is an invaluable glossary of cancer and BMT-related terms, a recommended reading list, and a helpful resource section. Finally, here is the up-to-date, comprehensive source that patients, and their health care providers, have been waiting for.