Cord Tissue Banking: Still Unsure?
Still Unsure About Cord Tissue Banking?
You’ve probably heard about cord blood banking, but what about cord tissue banking? What’s the difference? A lot of parents are asking this question and the truth is, banking cord tissue is a relatively new procedure. Research has discovered the potential of cord tissue stem cells, and now you have the opportunity to store them for your child. If you’re considering banking your baby’s stem cells, there are some important facts about cord tissue that you’ll want to know:
- Cord tissue is the connective tissue of the umbilical cord, not the umbilical cord blood.
- Cord blood contains hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) which are used to treat blood-related disorders.
- Cord tissue contains a different type of stem cells than those that are found in the cord blood. These stem cells are mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and they are in clinical trials for the treatment of heart disease, type 1 diabetes, lung cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, and injuries to bones and cartilage. Scientists are hopeful that they will be used to treat even more diseases, injuries and disorders in the future.
- Cord tissue banking provides the guarantee that the MSCs will be available if you or your family need them in the future. MSCs from cord tissue are a genetic match to your child!
- Unlike cord blood, stem cells from cord tissue can replicate and grow easily. This means there are no age or size limitations on the patients you treat with them.
- MSC stem cells are not currently used for medical therapies, but they are currently the subject of more than 200 medical trials.
Cord Tissue banking is easier than you think. If you are concerned about blood cord banking costs, you will be surprised to find that our prices at Americord are substantially lower than what other cord blood banks charge. Large companies like ViaCord and CBR spend many millions of dollars annually advertising their products. We do not. We pass the savings along to you by offering prices that are about half of what most other blood banks charge.