Nov 20 2012

Advantages of Cord Blood Banking

Posted by Martin Smithmyer

Cord blood banking is a once in a lifetime opportunity that is available only at the time your baby is born. Stem cells can be collected from the umbilical cord blood, umbilical cord tissue, and from the placenta tissue following the birth of a baby. The umbilical cord and placenta are usually discarded after birth, but you can save the precious stem cells present in them before they are discarded. Why save stem cells? Stem cells are currently used in over 80 medical therapies, including to treat cancer patients after chemotherapy or radiation. Stem cell therapy is done to help restore the patient’s blood and immune system. Stem cells are currently used to treat patients with acute leukemia, anemia, and other diseases as well. Another of the primary reasons for saving stem cells at a cord blood bank is because there are many human clinical trials being done with stem cells to find new ways that they can be used to treat illnesses and medical conditions. Some of them are the following:

  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Lupus
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Cardiac Therapy
  • Transplants for Cancerous Tumors
  • Organ Repair

Cord Blood Banking and Saving Stem Cells From The Placenta

Cord blood banking with a family bank (Americord is a family bank) is the only way to be sure that your child will have access to their own stem cells if they are needed for a medical reason in the future. Think about the advantages of cord blood banking. Parents-to-be who want to expand their baby’s options for future medical treatment should consider banking stem cells from their baby’s placenta tissue in addition to banking stem cells from the umbilical cord blood. The physical tissue of the placenta (not to be confused with cord blood drained from the placenta) contains mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). MSCs are a different type of stem cell than those collected from cord blood. While MSCs are not currently being used for medical therapies, they are the subject of over 200 clinical trials. Research has indicated that MSCs hold the promise of being able to someday treat debilitating conditions such as heart disease, type 1 diabetes, lung cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, and injuries to bones and cartilage.


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