Goal of a Stem Cell Transplant for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
Blood stem cells are immature "starter" cells for making blood cells. When you have leukemia, a stem cell transplant helps your body make new healthy blood cells. It replaces the cancer cells and stem cells that are killed during high-dose chemotherapy, allowing your doctor to give you more intensive treatment. If you receive stem cells from a donor, the transplant may also help get rid of any cancer cells that may have survived the chemotherapy.