September 23, 2015

Over the past twenty years, researchers have discovered that the stem cells found in umbilical cord blood offer many benefits. These cells are currently known to treat more than 80 diseases, including leukemia and several types of cancers. As research continues to advance, it is likely that there will be many more benefits to family cord blood banking in the future.

As more and more expecting parents are discovering the potential of their child’s cord blood, they are using family cord banking services like CariCord to store the valuable stem cells of their child in a secure cord blood repository for potential future use. These cells are most often used in the future for a transplant in the same person they are collected from, but they can also be used for treatment of another positive match. Generally speaking, one in four siblings are positive matches, which means the cord blood from one child can possibly be used to treat a serious disease in another child. If there is a history of disease in your family, or you were not aware of cord blood banking when your first child was born, this is beneficial, as you can bank the cells of your children from this point forward and have a level of protection for your entire family.

For more information on the process of storing your child’s cells via family cord blood services, check out the parent’s guide to cord blood on the CariCord website. If you have a question that we haven’t already answered online, feel free to contact us via phone or email for a free consultation.

Another type of service we offer is cord tissue banking. Cord tissue is different from cord blood, as it contains different types of stem cells that can be used to treat different diseases. While cord blood is currently used to treat more than 80 diseases in humans, the cord tissue benefits are currently not available in human treatments. However, because you can only choose cord tissue banking at the birth of your child, you can preserve these stem cells as well for potential use as research continues to advance and human treatments are discovered and approved by the medical community.

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