What Is Cord Blood Used For?
Stem cells from a newborn baby’s umbilical cord blood may be used to treat a wide variety of diseases, such as leukemia, sickle cell anemia, multiple myeloma, and lymphoma. In fact, clinical trials are underway to analyze the effectiveness of stem cells in treating more diseases, such as breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, diabetes type I, cystic fibrosis, and more.
The scientific name for stem cells taken from cord blood is hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPC). These cells are so valuable because they can reproduce and transform into other types of human cells. This allows the body to grow new replacement cells, as needed, to treat diseases. More and more families are choosing to preserve a sample of their newborn’s cord blood in a private blood bank. This acts as an insurance policy in case the blood is needed to treat diseases later in life. Please see the infographic below for more information about the importance of cord blood in treating diseases.