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Young adults feel more stress after BMT than older adults

People aged 18 to 39 have lower quality of life after blood or marrow transplant

Number of Participants979
Research GoalImprove Quality of Life
Nearly 1,000 adults participated in the study. All were aged 18 and older and got BMT in the US. About 5 to 10 years after BMT, everyone filled out questionnaires about their quality of life. 

Compared to older adults, younger adults had better physical health. However, younger adults had worse mental health and had more concerns about their health, uncertainty, family strain, finances, and identity. 

Younger adults also had lower health self-efficacy. This means they were less confident that they could manage their health issues. 

This study did not test strategies to improve quality of life. However, other studies have shown that one-on-one support, either in person or via video sessions and mobile apps, can improve quality of life. 

Not all people live close enough to visit transplant centers frequently. However, the National Marrow Donor Program / Be The Match also has many support options, including one-to-one support, support groups, peer support, financial help, and post-transplant care guidelines. 

Ask your doctor 

If you are feeling distressed or worried, ask your doctor what resources are available near you. Also, consider the list of online resources below. 

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