Psychological Aspects of Sibling Donors for Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplants

Monday, 30 July 2012

Melissa E. Wong, BS, BSN
Registered Nurse, Samuel Merritt University, San Francisco, CA

Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to identify different negative emotions associated with of being a stem cell donor to a sibling.

Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to identify different coping mechanisms used by stem cell donors during the hematopoietic stem cell transplant process.

Purpose: This is a literature review presentation that compares some of psychological effects of a donor donating stem cells to a sibling recipient with a hematologic, oncologic, or autoimmune disease. Methods: Literature review of current information about the different psychological aspects of donating stem cells for an ill sibling. Results: Families experience an interruption of family life from the beginning of a cancer diagnosis. Negative emotions such as anger, worry, fear, and sadness may also be part of the normal transplant process. Many siblings will choose to donate stem cells because they are seen as a lifesaver for their sibling. Conclusion: This review can aid healthcare providers to ensure the entire family receives adequate information about the hematopoietic stem transplant. This review can also help healthcare providers be aware of different coping mechanisms family members will use during a hematopoietic stem cell transplant