Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Benefits of cord blood banking

Saving the stem cells from your newborn’s umbilical cord provides your family with access to these potent cells which can save and change lives, whether during childhood or later in life. This is because stem cells are the body’s master cells. They create our organs, tissues, blood and immune system, if you could turn back the clock, would you consider cord blood banking?

Benefits of cord blood banking

By saving your childs cord blood stem cells at birth you are giving them life long access to these irreplaceable, powerful cells should they ever need them.

As a new parent the last thing you want to think about is your child getting sick or injured. By banking their cord blood stem cells you are giving the chance to rebuild their immune system after cancer and giving them the chance to benefit from the new therapies that use cord bood to treat brain injury, diabetes, autism and many more degenerative conditions.

Why cord blood?

Tyler and brother BenicioCord blood stem cells are the most powerful stem cells, they are the youngest and not damaged by the aging process and they are an exact match – which means they are a perfect match and won’t be rejected by your child’s system when they’re used in medical treatment.

They are there when you need them

Children who have access to their own cord blood for treatment can take advantage of therapies that cannot be carried out with sibling or unrelated cord blood.  There is no guarantee that a suitable match will be available in a public cord blood bank registry.

Lifetime odds of a stem cell transplant – 1 in 200

Cord blood is used for stem cell transplants, and you or anyone else in your family has lifetime odds of *1 in 200 of having a stem cell transplant.  On top of that, the odds are 1 in 300 that your child may have cerebral palsy, or 1 in 500 for type 1 diabetes, both of which are being treated with cord blood in clinical trials.
*March 2008:
Nietfield J.J., Pasquini, M.C., Logan, B.R., Verter, F., and Horowitz, M.M.
Lifetime probabilities of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in the U.S.
Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. 2008;14:316-322

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