April 15, 2015

Hodgkin lymphoma, more commonly known as Hodgkin’s disease is a type of lymphoma where cancer originates from white blood cells. Current treatment options include chemotherapy, radiation, and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. As you may already know, hematopoietic stem cells are commonly found in umbilical cord blood and carry the ability to self-renew. They are developed throughout the stages of pregnancy and can only be collected at the birth of a child, which is why it is a good idea to consider umbilical cord blood banking, no matter what pregnancy stage you are in.

A recent study reported the outcomes of 30 consecutive Hodgkin’s patients who went through the process of singular unit umbilical cord blood transplantation. The vast majority of these patients had failed previous autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation efforts. Some of these patient’s lives were saved as a result of this umbilical cord blood cell transplant. 26% of the patients who passed away were affected by post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease. Continued stem cell research should target this occurrence, so that in the future, cord blood stem cells can be more effective used to treat Hodgkin’s disease.

Despite the higher than expected mortality rate, the study reported that umbilical cord blood transplantation in heavily pre-treated Hodgkin’s patients is still a viable option, especially when there is a lack of a suitable adult stem cell donor. This is one of the reasons why umbilical cord blood banking should be considered during the stages of pregnancy. When you save your child’s cord blood stem cells at CariCord’s safe and secure private family bank, you can rest assured that they will be available in the event that they are ever needed, without having to wait for a potential donor that may never come about. While stem cell research still has much progress to be made in the treatment of Hodgkin’s disease, cord blood is currently used to treat more than 80 diseases, including various cancers and lymphomas, as well as anemia treatment. The decision to bank your child’s cord blood can be made during any of the stages of pregnancy.

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