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National Cord Blood Awareness Month

Posted on Jul 20, 2015, 9:00:51 AM by healtheo360

Do you know what cord blood is, and how it may save your child’s life or someone else’s life in the future? National Cord Blood Awareness is to educate and raise awareness to individuals, especially parents about the importance of cord blood research and the benefits of cord blood stem cells.

Cord Blood

 

According to the Health and Resources Administration, nearly 20,000 patients each year in the United States  could benefit from an HSC transplantation.

 

What is Cord Blood?

Cord blood is blood from the placenta and umbilical cord. In many cases this blood is thrown away, however many do not know the benefits of using cord blood after birth. This type of blood contains a rich source of hematopoietic stem cells (HSC), which are also found in bone marrow. Umbilical Cord blood stem cells have been used as treatment for more than 80 diseases such as blood disorders, various cancers, immune disorders, and metabolic disorders.

Benefits

1. It is easily stored and poses no risk to the mother or her newborn baby
2. Transplants do not require a perfect match
3. Less risk of complications when used in transplants
4. Immediately available and can reduce disease progression and early treatment for your child

Various Diseases treated with Stem Cell Treatment

Blood Disorders

• Sickle Cell Disease
• Acute Myelofibrosis
• Aplastic Anemia (Severe)

Cancers

• Hodgkin’s Lymphoma & Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
• Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
• Wilms Tumor
• Plasma Cell Leukemia

Immune Disorders

• Thymic Dysplasia
• Congenital Neutropenia
• Reticular Dysgenesis (SCID)

Metabolic disorders

• Gaucher Disease
• Tay Sachs
• Krabbe Disease
• Wolman Disease

There have been more than 35,000 transplants worldwide by using umbilical cord blood stem cells.

 

 

Sources:

Blood Center

NHLBI

National Cord Blood Program

Cord Blood Registry

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