What are cord blood stem cells?
Umbilical Cord Blood is the blood left over in your umbilical cord after your baby is born. This blood is a rich source of the stem cells you want to store for future treatments if ever needed.
Why bank cord blood stem cells?
Cord Blood Stem Cells Hold the Power to Cure, Today!
Cord blood provides a rich source of stem cells for use in many situations where bone marrow is considered today. Cord blood stem cells are used in disease treatment to fight over 80 diseases including many forms of malignancies such as leukemia, autoimmune diseases, lupus, and inheritable diseases such as sickle cell anemia.
Doctors have increasingly turned to cord blood stem cells as a life-saving alternative to bone marrow transplants. There is a lower probability of graft vs. host disease (GVHD) and a greater likelihood of finding an appropriate tissue type match because the match does not need to be as exact as for bone marrow.
Stem cell research is exploring new applications for treatment every day. This research may prove effective in the future treatment of many common diseases and injuries that plague today’s society, including spinal cord injury, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, diabetes, and HIV.
Cord Blood Stem Cells are a Potential Match for Other Family Members
Your baby’s cord blood cells are a perfect match for your baby, should he or she ever need a stem cell transplant. In technical terms, it is a perfect 6 out of 6 HLA tissue type match, ideal for transplantation. There is a 30% chance that the cord blood unit will be a high‐quality match for a full sibling1. Cord blood stem cells are also a “half” (or 3 out of 6) match for a parent. These “half matches” are currently being used in transplant research.
Bank on the Future of Emerging Research
With successful transplants and breakthroughs in stem cell research occurring every day, more and more expectant parents have chosen to bank their newborn’s cord blood and tissue.
Researchers are already studying the effects that cord blood stem cells have on spinal cord injury, brain injury, type 1 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and even HIV. As stem cell science advances, the importance of saving these cells increases exponentially.
Private cord blood banking enables you to store your baby’s stem cells for a guaranteed perfect genetic match with your child. Since cord blood can be stored indefinitely at this point, private cord blood banking is both a safeguard against diseases treatable today and a real hope for more treatment possibilities tomorrow.
Cord Blood Stem Cells are genetically unique
If your family has a history of disease that can be treated with cord blood, the odds that your baby or their sibling may need a cord blood transplant increases. The number of diseases treated continues to grow with the research efforts of companies like StemCyte. We strongly encourage families to bank cord blood and tissue from all of their pregnancies in the event a sibling transplant may be a better or only treatment rather than an autologous transplant.
Additionally, families with an ethnic or mixed-race background may have difficulty finding a match should they ever need a stem cell transplant. Most public banks have a larger Caucasian volume of cord blood units than any other type, although StemCyte has one of the largest, most ethnically diverse public cord blood inventories in the world. More families are still choosing to save their newborn’s cord blood for peace of mind.