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Identifying and Living with GvHD

Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a complication following a stem cell or bone marrow transplant, where the donated cells attack the recipient’s body. Identifying GVHD early is crucial, as it can range from mild to life-threatening. Symptoms may include skin rashes, jaundice, digestive issues, and joint pain. Both patients and caregivers need to monitor for these signs and communicate any changes to the healthcare team promptly.

Living with GVHD requires a collaborative approach involving regular medical check-ups, adhering to prescribed medications, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle to manage symptoms and reduce flare-ups. Support from healthcare providers, patient groups, and a strong personal network can greatly aid in navigating this condition, ensuring the best possible quality of life.

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Skin GVHD

Ready for a mind-blowing statistic? Just one inch of our skin contains almost 20 million cells! That’s hard to imagine, isn’t it? Multiply that to cover an entire body and we each have trillions of skin cells. When GVHD attacks these cells, uncomfortable symptoms...

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Lung GVHD

When GVHD affects the lungs, inflammation and scarring of the airways can occur. In its early stages people don’t always notice symptoms — so it’s important to talk to your doctor about proactive pulmonary function testing (PFT) during the first several years after...

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Ocular GVHD

If you are suffering from eye problems after bone marrow transplant — things like dryness, itching, redness, and pain — you might have ocular GVHD. When you receive someone else’s stem cells during a bone or blood marrow transplant, the donor’s cells might...

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