April 29, 2015

Non-controversial stem cells that can be used to treat more than 80 diseases are found in two primary sources: cord blood and bone marrow. These stem cells can potentially be used to treat various types of cancers and leukemia, as well as anemia treatment. As stem cell research continues to expand and advance, it is becoming more and more apparent that the stem cells found in cord blood have significant advantages over the stem cells found in bone marrow, when it comes to performing transplants in human patients. More health care professionals are choosing umbilical cord blood as the primary source for stem cells over bone marrow, to be used in transplants, when it is available.

The choice to opt for umbilical cord blood banking is one that must be made while in one of your pregnancy stages, as cord blood can only be collected and stored at the birth of a child, unlike stem cell collections from bone marrow. However, cord blood has proven to offer many impressive benefits over bone marrow cells. One of the advantages of cord blood cells is, once stored, they are ready and available for transplantation as soon as they are needed, whereas bone marrow cells have to be collected and can take as long as one of the stages of pregnancy.

Another advantage of cord blood cells over bone marrow cells is they have been processed and checked for any potential diseases and contamination prior to being securely stored, so you can rest assured that receiving an umbilical cord blood transplant is safe. This can be a legitimate concern to some people, especially those still asking the question, “What is stem cell research?”

Collecting umbilical cord blood is also very quick and painless and offers no negative repercussions for both mother and child, which is another reason to consider it, no matter how far along you are in your pregnancy stages. On the other hand, collecting stem cells from bone marrow donors is an invasive procedure that can sometimes be very painful for the donor. This process also carries a risk of complications and potential infections, whereas umbilical cord blood banking carries little to no risk.

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