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What disease types are treated with stem cell transplantation?

Stem Cells have the ability to cure many diseases. Recently, scientists have discovered some new possibilities for treating many diseases and injuries in the future.

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What is the future of cord blood transplants?

The future of cell banking from perinatal tissue is extremely exciting. Saving the cord blood is only the beginning of the type of cells that can be harvested during birth. Stem cells can be found in the in the placenta, wharton’s jelly, amnion and other sources. We believe that in the future the entire after birth will be saved and cryo-preserved as a source of stem cells for your newborn.

What is cord blood?

Cord blood, which is also called "placental blood," is the blood that remains in the umbilical cord and placenta following birth and after the cord is cut. Cord blood is routinely discarded with the placenta and umbilical cord. Your baby's umbilical cord blood is a valuable source of stem cells, which are genetically unique to your baby and family.


What exactly are stem cells and how are they used?

Stem cells have the potential to develop into many different cell types in the human body. The cells can theoretically divide and multiply without limit to replenish certain cells as long as the person is still alive. During the division of a stem cell, each new cell has the potential to remain a stem cell or become a different kind of cell with a specific function. Examples include muscle cell, brain cell, or a red blood cell.

What are some ways to store cord blood?

It is my opinion that a cord blood unit should be processed with the goal of saving as many cells as possible. This also includes the red cell layer because to remove these cells, you will inadvertinately remove stem cells.


Are cord blood stem cells different than other stem cells?

Cord blood stem cells are different from other stem cells. Stem cells from Umbilical cords are the youngest of all the stem cells, created by a live birth. Another form of stem cells come from embryo's. These embroyonic stem cells are not currently being used to treat humans. A third type of stem cells is found in bone marrow, which are adult stem cells.



Why are doctors turning to cord blood rather than bone marrow?

Doctors are turning to cord blood rather than bone marrow for a few reasons. Once is that bone marrow is difficult to match between the recipient and donar. Normally a perfect match is required in most instances. However, since cord blood cells are the youngest of the cells, it can be used successfully even if there is less than a perfect match.

Another reason is due to availability. The banking of cord blood stem cells allows for immediate availability at the time of treatment.



What are some reasons families choose to collect and store their baby's cord blood?

The main reason why families choose to collect and store their baby's cord blood is because each childs stem cells are genetically unique. Many parents save the cord blood stem cells of each individual child to ensure an exact match in the need of treatment. Even in the case of identical twins, each child's cord blood should be banked separately.



How do I donate my child's cord blood?

You can donate your child's cord blood by donating to a private or public cord blood bank. You can find more information about private cord banks and public cord blood banks on our site, or contact us to find out more information.
 
 
 

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