May 11, 2015

“What is stem cell research?” you may be asking. That’s a great question! There are many different types of stem cell research; umbilical cord blood banking is one of them. What happens is an expecting mother makes the decision during her stages of pregnancy to store her child’s cord blood in CariCord’s private facility. This is called private cord blood banking. The cord blood is then stored until it is needed to treat a disease in the child it is collected from, or a potential match such as a sibling or another relative. Umbilical cord blood banking is simple, painless, and non-controversial, unlike the types of stem cell research you may have heard about on the news.

Currently, umbilical cord blood banking has been known to treat more than 80 diseases, and ongoing stem cell research is discovering new treatment possibilities on an ongoing basis. This means that the decision to bank cord blood during your stages of pregnancy today could result in the treatment of a disease down the road that currently has no treatment. Cord blood will become even more useful in the future than it is now, which is why expecting mothers should choose umbilical cord blood banking during their pregnancy stages.

Cord blood is currently used for blood disorders, anemia treatment, immune disorders, and metabolic disorders, as well as the treatment of many different types of cancers and leukemias. In addition to being a good option for anemia treatment, umbilical cord blood collected after a mother’s pregnancy stages can treat Ewing Sarcoma, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Plasma Cell Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma, Neuroblastoma, Wilms Tumor, Thymoma, and more.

Stem cells found in umbilical cord blood can also be used to treat numerous blood disorders, including acute myelofibrosis, amyloidosis, congenital cytopenia, aplastic anemia treatment, pure red cell aplasia, and more. Because there are so many types of diseases cord blood can treat, making the decision during your stages of pregnancy to collect and store it can be a decision that can save lives at some point in time.

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