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A successful stem cell transplant requires that the patient and the donor have matching human leukocyte antigen (HLA) types.1 HLA types are inherited from your parents. Private cord blood banking ensures that you have access to a 100% HLA match for that child. And through cord blood banking, your baby’s stem cells have the possibility of providing a good match for a close family member (blood relative).

If a stem cell treatment is needed, families who have not privately banked their child’s cord blood stem cells can search for compatible stem cells for months and still be unsuccessful.2 In addition, cord blood stem cells from a family member are much more likely to be successfully transplanted than those from an unrelated donor.

As you can see from the chart below, a study from The New England Journal of Medicine showed that the 1-year survival rate for patients treated with cord blood stem cells from a relative was 63%, compared with only 29% for those treated with stem cells from unrelated donors.3
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* Based on a survey of 45 transplant centers reporting on 143 transplantations performed between 1988 and 1996. Data from: Gluckman E, Rocha V, Boyer-Chammard A, et al. Outcome of cord-blood transplantation from related and unrelated donors. N Engl J Med. 1997;337(6):373-381.

Parents who have chosen cord blood banking with LifebankUSA have ensured an exact match for that child and increase the probability of having a match available for another close family member (blood relative).

Cord blood and placenta-derived stem cells banked with LifebankUSA are indicated for hematopoietic reconstitution (the reformation of blood cellular components) for autologous use or use in first or second degree blood relatives.

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References:

  1. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Description of HLA. http://www.seattlecca.org/description-of-hla.cfm. Accessed March 24 2014.
  2. The Bone Marrow Foundation. Become a bone marrow/stem cell donor. http://bonemarrow.org/help/contribute/. Accessed March 24, 2014.
  3. Gluckman E, Rocha V, Boyer-Chammard A, et al. Outcome of cord-blood transplantation from related and unrelated donors. N Engl J Med. 1997;337(6):373-381.