Doctors often recommend cord blood banking to expectant parents. And they have a number of reasons for doing so. First of all, if you have any family history of diseases, cord or placental blood can offer you a safer future. Secondly, umbilical cord blood is the source of newborn stem cells, which are unique in many ways from the other type of stem or cord cells. Apart from being able to differentiate into different types of cells, they have a lower risk of viral contamination and high proliferation ability. Moreover, once you store your child’s umbilical cord blood, the stem cells will be readily available to you in the future, whenever you may need them. There will be no dependency on finding a matched donor for the transplant.
If you are still thinking, here are some facts that will help you make an informed decision:
Cord blood can cure more than 80+ diseases and disorders: Cord blood has opened a new getaway in personalized medicine. So far, cord blood stem cells have cured 80+ diseases including different types of cancer. And more than 35000 patients have recovered from their diseases with the help of cord blood stem cell transplant. Apart from various types of cancer, these stem cells can cure blood disorders, immune disorders and metabolic disorders.
Cord blood has the ability to regenerate and rebuild: It’s believed that cord blood stem cell therapy is a regenerative medicine, which is relatively new but has tremendous potential to repair damaged tissues and cells. For this reason, doctors and researchers consider this therapy as the next big thing in the future of medical science. Among all the sources of stem cells, the blood from umbilical cord is the richest source and has all the factors that are needed for a successful transplant.
Cord or placental blood stem cells are ageless and are easily available once you store them: Once these cells from umbilical cord are preserved, processed and stored, they permanently retain their agelessness. The umbilical cord blood stem cells are newborn, so they are less likely to attack the immune system of the patients. These cells remain in the condition for several years, so if you or any of your family members need them for any transplant, they will be instantly available. And you will not have to wait for an unrelated matching donor.
Several clinical trials are underway to find cure to new diseases: Apart from those 80 diseases, mentioned earlier, several clinical studies are going on to see how impactful these stem cells are in treating diseases like hearing loss, heart conditions, Parkinson’s disease, autism, burn injuries, Alzheimer’s disease, lung problems, liver problems, bone injury, spinal cord injuries etc. Several trials have shown successful results already and it’s not a distant dream that scientists will be able to treat these diseases and disorders with cells for the umbilical cord.
So if you invest in storing your newborn’s umbilical cord or placental blood now, it would not only save your child from future diseases, but also secure your family’s future and ensure your peace of mind. Decide wisely.