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    Benefits of Cord Blood Treatment

    Advantages Of Cord Blood Treatment

    Cord blood collection is effortless and free from risks. The National Cord Blood Program staff at the New York Blood Center performs cord blood collection from the expelled placenta. This process does not, in any way, intervene with the care of either the newborn baby or the mother. Therefore, there is no health risk to both of them.


    It is ready-to-use, as it is stored frozen after collecting and testing it. In case a match a found, the unit can be reserved at once.


    It does not need a perfect match. This is the biggest advantage. Cord blood can be transplanted even if there is only a partial match between donor and recipient.


    The recipient is at fewer risks of complications by cord blood transplant. The immune cells present in cord blood are less likely to attack the tissue of patient (graft vs. host disease) as compared to bone marrow transplant. Also, cord blood is less likely to spread certain viruses such as cytomegalovirus (CMV), which is a deadly infection that strikes transplant recipients. Nearly half of the adult population of America is the carrier of CMV in the form of latent virus. Besides this, less than 1 percent of babies are born with CMV.

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    The volume of cord blood collection is relatively small. Hence, the quantity of stem cells for transplantation is less than that in peripheral blood or bone marrow. This problem is greater for adults and adolescents, as they need comparatively more quantity of stem cells for transplant.


    Cord blood transplantation exposes the patient to one of the rare genetic disorders of the immune system or blood. This disorder is not detectable while testing the cord blood sample, as it remains invisible in the child for many years. However, the chance of getting this disorder is less than 1 in 10,000.


    The donor cord blood stem cells come from newborn baby that is unavailable for extra cord blood donation. Therefore, if the first cord blood unit fails, the second unit will have to be obtained from a different donor.

    Just as every coin has two sides, so does umbilical stem cell cord blood. But, it promises to provide the solution to many critical medical conditions.
    Cord blood banking is gaining prominence day by day. However, before we consider cord blood collection and cord blood transplant, we should be aware of the benefits of this process for the recipient. Do cord blood donations really help? How effective are they in curing diseases? cordblood-banking.org Cord Blood Banking provides an insight about what experts have to say about cord blood storage.
    However, it may take a decade or two before there is a definite cure to deadly diseases. Nevertheless, the researchers are busy researching on stem cells in the hope to make it a powerful medical tool in the coming years.
    Reference: Cord blood banking is gaining prominence day by day. However, before we consider cord blood collection and cord blood transplant, we should be aware of the benefits of this process for the recipient. Do cord blood donations really help? How effective are they in curing diseases? cordblood-banking.org Cord Blood Banking provides an insight about what experts have to say about cord blood storage.

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    Re: Benefits of Cord Blood Treatment

    What are cord blood stem cells?

    During pregnancy, the umbilical cord functions as a lifeline between mother and child. Years later, the blood present within the umbilical cord could offer hope for the child or other individuals in the family.

    The umbilical cord blood is a rich source of haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs); cells responsible for replenishing blood and regenerating the immune system. HSCs are known as “precursor cells”, as they have the unique ability to differentiate into the different types of cells found in the body, namely:

    * Red Blood Cells – which transport oxygen
    * White Blood Cells – which produce antibodies and fight bacteria
    * Platelets – which assist blood clotting


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    Re: Benefits of Cord Blood Treatment

    What cord blood is used for?

    Research has shown in recent years that survival rates have double when a person’s own cord blood or a family member’s cord blood is used. Majority of the patient under went blood transfusion transplant is less likely to suffer from rejection if his own cord blood is used.

    In history, the first successful umbilical cord stem cell transplantation occurred in 1988, when a newborn girl donated cord blood to cure her brother of Fanconi Anemia, a genetic defect.

    Cord blood is used to treat mainly blood disorders and cancers, of which there are 200 to 400 new cases annually in Singapore. Cord blood used to treat aggressive leukaemia especially in children and is often used when bone marrow donors can’t be found. Leukaemia probably being the most common problem solved. Umbilical cord blood is used in this transplant just like how it been done on bone marrow.

    Whether you choose to store your child’s cord blood in a private blood bank or donate your child’s cord blood to a public blood bank so that it can potentially save the life of children who’s in need of it.


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    Re: Benefits of Cord Blood Treatment

    Umbilical Cord Blood:

    More parents are storing their child’s precious umbilical cord blood stem cell just in case they might need to use to treat their child illness in future. Collecting your child’s cord blood is an act of insurance to them for it can play a part of saving your child life in case your child develops any of the illnesses where cord blood is used in treatment. To date it can treat more than 80 diseases using Haematopoietic Stem Cell (HSC) transplants, including leukemia, sickle cell anemia, and metabolic disorders.

    Scientists say discarded blood from the placenta after child birth contains something that could be use to help save thousands of lives each year. More parents have seen the true benefits of cord blood banking and so take some time to investigate your options and the benefits of cord blood banking. The benefits of cord blood storage no doubt are well worth the cost given the life-saving potential. As many people are unaware of the benefits of cord blood banking. Do take an opportunity and tell this benefits to your family and friends about cord blood banking.


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    Some other advantages of cord blood

    Cord blood offers a number of advantages to donors and transplant recipients. It is easy to collect, often more likely to provide a suitable match and is stored frozen, ready to use.

    1. Cord blood collection is easy and poses no medical risk to the mother or newborn baby.

    Cord blood collection is a safe, simple procedure. The New York Blood Center's National Cord Blood Program staff collects cord blood from the delivered placenta, in a way that does not interfere with the care of the mother or newborn baby. Collection, therefore, poses no risk to mother or baby.

    2. Cord blood is collected in advance, tested and stored frozen, ready to use.

    Cord blood is donated in advance for anyone who might need it in the future. All routine testing is completed and the unit is stored frozen, ready to use. If a match is found, it can be reserved immediately. Confirmatory HLA typing and any special testing required is usually completed within 5 days. Unlike bone marrow, there is no need to take time to locate a possible volunteer and then determine whether he or she is still willing and able to donate.

    3. Cord blood transplants do not require a perfect match.

    Studies have shown that cord blood transplants can be performed in cases that the donor and the recipient are partially matched. In contrast, bone marrow grafts require 8/8 matching in most cases.

    Because partially matched cord blood transplants can be performed, cord blood increases the patient’s chance to find a suitable donor. With cord blood, a relatively small donor pool can effectively support most patients' needs. We have estimated, for example, that a national inventory of 150,000 cord blood units would provide acceptable matches for at least 80-90% of United States patients.

    4. Cord blood transplants are associated with lower incidence of GvHD.

    The immune cells in cord blood seem to be less likely than those in bone marrow from unrelated donors to attack the patient's own tissues (graft vs. host disease).

    5. Cord Blood Transplants are associated with lower risk of viral infections.

    Cord blood is also less likely to transmit certain common viruses, like Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and cytomegalovirus (CMV), potentially lethal infections for transplant recipients. CMV is carried as a latent virus by about half of the adult U.S. population, whereas less than 1 percent of infants are born with CMV.



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