Understanding Cord Blood

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Cord Blood Facts

 

Your child’s cord blood stem cells have an amazing power to heal. Today cord blood stem cells are used in the treatment of nearly 80 diseases, including various types of cancer and blood diseases, and research continues to expand the medical uses of cord blood. Storing your child’s stem cells means you’ll have direct access to a related source of stem cells — and options for medical treatments and research opportunities should the need ever arise. Sometimes simply having options can make all the difference.

Benefits of Banking Cord Blood

Banking cord blood can change or even save a life. Cord blood stem cells are a better alternative to bone marrow in transplants, and have been used for 20 years to treat more than 80 life-threatening diseases and disorders. Today stem cell therapies continue to evolve, bringing new hope to patients and their families.

Below are just a few diseases and disorders that have been treated successfully with cord blood stem cells. If you have stem cell treatment questions, please click here to request more information.

Cancer

  • Acute Leukemia
  • Chronic Leukemia
  • High-Risk Solid Tumors
  • Hodgkin & Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes

 

Blood Disorders

  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Beta Thalassemia
  • Diamond-Blackfan Anemia
  • Fanconi Anemia
  • Sickle Cell Disease

 

Immune Disorders

  • Chronic Granulomatous Disease
  • Hystiocytic Disorders
  • Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency
  • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Diseases
  • Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome

 

Metabolic Disorders

  • Krabbe Disease
  • Hurler Syndrome
  • Metachromatic Leukodystrophy
  • Sanfilippo Syndrome

 

Saving or donating cord blood stem cells makes them available to treat diseases like those listed above. For inherited genetic conditions, the child may not be able to use his or her own stem cells. In these cases, a matched sibling’s stem cells would be the first choice. Only family banking also offers access to current regenerative medicine clinical trials in autism, traumatic brain injury, and cerebral palsy.

photo by Michael Belk with “TheJourneysproject.com”