Cord blood banking is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to be prepared for the future of medicine. Umbilical cord stem cells are a potentially lifesaving resource for your child, their siblings, and other family members.
Most of the diseases for which umbilical cord blood is a standard treatment are disorders of blood cell lineage, such as blood cancers, tumors, and other disorders. The hematopoietic stem cells in umbilical cord blood are used to rebuild the body following chemotherapy and other aggressive treatments. Currently, there are over 80 FDA approved treatments using umbilical cord blood, including childhood leukemia, sickle cell anemia, and other blood cancers and immune disorders.
Unlike that of older children and adults, newborn umbilical cord blood contains important baseline genetic information without the influence of environmental factors. This baseline genetic information can be compared later in life to determine if there have been changes caused by environmental factors. It can provide valuable insights into understanding the influence of food, drugs, stress, or exposure to toxins on how genes function and what treatment options are available.
Using only a small portion of the stem cells you store, your medical professional can use your newborn’s stem cells for genetic analysis. They would simply contact us to request a small sample of your child’s stem cells for DNA analysis and our team will have it processed and shipped to them.
Doctors look at a variety of factors when determining which cell source is best for a patient. A doctor might choose cord blood for transplant because:
Other family members may also be able to take advantage of the potentially lifesaving benefits of your newborn’s cord blood. Children with the same biological parents have a 25% chance of being a perfect HLA (Human Leukocyte Antigens) match and a 50% chance of being a partial HLA match. Human Leukocyte Antigens are proteins that your immune system uses to recognize which cells belong in your body and which do not.
Parents and grandparents may also be able to use your newborn’s cord blood for certain therapies. Some uses in older patients include repair of damaged elbows, knees, and other joints. Future uses could include treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease, currently being explored in clinical trials.