Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is a common and sometimes serious side effect of an allogeneic bone marrow transplant (blood-forming cells donated by someone else). GVHD occurs because of differences between the cells of your body and the donated cells. Sometimes, your new immune system from the donor might see your body's cells as different and attack them.
Dr. Carrie Kitko from Vanderbilt University gives an overview of GVHD with an emphasis on chronic GVHD. She also discusses the early warning signs, ways to manage symptoms, and treatment options.
By the end of this program, you will be able to:
- Identify how chronic GVHD is diagnosed
- Describe 3 types of chronic GVHD (eye, skin and mouth)
- Summarize advances in treatment
- List ways to cope with chronic GVHD