October 30, 2015

Stem cells are the human body’s basic building blocks, the core of the body’s foundation. They make up everything in your body, including blood, organs, tissue, and your immune system. In addition to this, they are a medical marvel. Stem cells possess the ability to be modified into other types of cells or differentiate to form new cells inside the body as needed. This means they have great potential in treating many diseases and repairing damaged parts of the body.

Cord blood and umbilical cord tissue, which CariCord collects and stores through our family cord banking service, are a rich source of valuable stem cells. In fact, the stem cells collected through family cord blood banking can be used to treat more than 80 diseases and have saved thousands of lives worldwide. Umbilical cord tissue banking, on the other hand, is a medical technology of the future. Though the cord tissue benefits are shown to be numerous, it is not yet approved for human use in the United States. However, expecting parents can still choose CariCord’s cord tissue banking service to save their child’s stem cells for future use when cord tissue is approved for disease treatment.

You can think of the stem cells found in cordblood as a unique biological “healing kit” that is available on standby for your child or an immediate family member who is a match, should the cells ever be needed to treat a disease. This is why you should save baby cord blood in a cord bank registry through CariCord.

Stem cells found in family cord blood are new, young cells that can be transplanted to replace older cells that are damaged or diseased. They can divide and produce new blood cells in a very short amount of time, typically within a few weeks after being transplanted. Some of the diseases that stem cells collected through baby blood cord banking can treat include many types of blood disorders, cancers, leukemias, lymphoma, and immune deficiency diseases. Stem cells can also replace defective bone marrow cells in children born with certain inherited metabolic disorders.

If a patient has leukemia or lymphoma and receives chemotherapy or radiation treatments, these treatments often damage healthy bone marrow cells along with the cancer cells. Stem cells collected through family cord banking can be used to jump start the rebuilding of the damaged blood cells in bone marrow after chemo or radiation. This is why family cord blood services like CariCord will play a vital role in the future of medicine.

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