Any side effects you have will depend on the type and strength of your high-dose treatment. Your hospital team will tell you what to expect and how you can manage the side effects.

The possible side effects include increased risk of infection, anemia, and bleeding due to low blood counts. You may also experience nausea, reduced appetite, and a sore mouth. A dietitian and your nurse will help you manage these symptoms. You may also notice other side effects such as hair loss and tiredness. Less common problems include graft failure.

You will have regular tests to check your general health and to monitor for side effects. Most side effects are worse when your blood count is at its lowest. As this improves, your side effects will, too.