Cord blood banking has been used to treat over 80 diseases including leukemia and lymphoma. More awareness can help save the lives of children and adults suffering from life-threatening illnesses.
What is cord blood banking?
Cord blood banking refers to the collection and storage of stem cells from a child’s umbilical cord. These adaptable cells treat a wide variety of diseases, and will automatically change into the type of cell most needed by the body.
Currently, over 80 diseases are treatable using stem cells from cord blood, with more treatments emerging every year. The FDA has approved cord blood therapies for leukemia, aplastic anemia and other dangerous, life-changing diseases.
In addition to current treatments, clinical trials are looking at new therapies using cord blood. These include cerebral palsy, autism and type 1 diabetes. If current trials are successful, cord blood treatment may become a common practice within the next several years.
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