Why Save Cord Blood?

Families choose to save cord blood for a number of reasons, both personal and medical. But there are some key benefits of cord blood banking that all families will share. Some of the most important cord blood banking benefits are outlined here.

1. Potential to Save Lives

Cord blood is an important source of stem cells and has been proven to help replace and rebuild diseased blood cells. Since the first cord blood transplant in 1988, there have been more than 35,000 cord blood transplants around the world to treat life-threatening blood disorders such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.1

Read our cord blood banking success stories to learn about the real impact LifebankUSA has had on families.

2. Treats up to 80 Life-Threatening Diseases*

When asking yourself why you should save cord blood stem cells, consider that your child or a family member has a 1 in 200 chance of needing a stem cell transplant during his or her lifetime.2

Currently, cord blood or bone marrow transplants are accepted as standard therapy for up to 80 diseases.3 Some of these diseases—such as leukemia—are well known, but others are rare conditions for which there are limited treatment options.

Standard Therapies
Leukemias Lymphomas Myelomas
Myelo­dysplastic Syndromes Hemoglobin­opathies Inherited Immune System Disorders
Inherited Metabolic Disorders Certain Other Blood Disorders  
Therapies in Clinical Trials
Histiocytic Disorders Cerebral Palsy Autism
Pediatric Stroke Brain Injury  

Have a look at the full list of diseases treated with cord blood stem cells. As researchers explore new uses for cord blood, the number of diseases that may be treated with cord blood in the future will likely increase, as will the benefits of cord blood banking.4

3. Only Chance for a Perfect Stem Cell Match

Cord blood is one of the richest sources of stem cells in the human body, and it can only be saved at birth. Cord blood banking is your only chance to capture the powerful cord blood stems cells unique to your child.

Saving your baby’s cord blood gives you peace of mind that you have immediate access to a related source of stem cells. When a stem cell match is needed to treat a disease, a family member is always the first option doctors will look to for a match. Particularly when there is a family history of certain cancers or diseases that can be treated with stem cell transplantation, the benefit of cord blood banking is similar to buying an insurance policy.

4. Potential of Regenerative Medicine

Breakthroughs in stem cell research are happening every day, and banking your child’s cord blood may be an investment in the future. Stem cells found in cord blood, placental blood, and placental tissue are helping to evolve the science of regenerative medicine, which involves repairing damaged tissue, replacing organs, and curing life-threatening diseases. In your child’s lifetime, their stem cells may provide treatments for a number of life-threatening diseases, such as:

  • Spinal cord injury5
  • Parkinson’s disease6
  • Cerebral palsy7
  • Muscular dystrophy8
  • Stroke9
  • Autoimmune diseases10

When you save cord blood, placental blood, and placental tissue together with LifebankUSA, you are investing in the ability to take advantage of advancements in this groundbreaking field.

“…with a member of my family having died of leukemia, [it] brought home just how important it is to bank stem cells, and made me feel thankful that I had the opportunity to store my children’s stem cells.”
– Victoria F., LifebankUSA client, New Jersey

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*For some diseases and genetic conditions, children will not be able to use their own stem cells and would require a stem cell transplant from a sibling or unrelated donor.

References
  1. National Cord Blood Program. Available at: https://www.nationalcordbloodprogram.org/. Accessed on Jan. 11, 2017.
  2. Gluckman E, Rocha V. Donor selection for unrelated cord blood transplants. Curr Opin Immunol. 2006; 18 (5):565-570.
  3. Moise K Jr. Umbilical cord stem cells. Obstet Gynecol. 2005;106(6):1393-1407.
  4. Ballen KK, Gluckman E, Broxmeyer HE. Umbilical cord blood transplantation: the first 25 years and beyond. Blood. 2013; 122(4):491-4.
  5. Dasari VR, Spomar DG, Li L, Gujrati M, Rao JS, Dinh DH. Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cell Mediated Downregulation of Fas Improves Functional Recovery of Rats after Spinal Cord Injury. Neurochem Res. 2008; 33(1):134-149.
  6. Harris DT. Cord Blood Stem Cells: A Review of Potential Neurological Applications. Stem Cell Rev. 2008; 4(4): 269-274.
  7. Harris DT. Non-haematological uses of cord blood stem cells. Br J Haematol. 2009; 147(2):177-184.
  8. Jazedje T, Secco M, Vieira NM, Zucconi E, Gollop TR, Vainzof M, Zatz M. Stem cells from umbilical cord blood do have myogenic potential, with and without differentiation induction in vitro. J Transl Med. 2009; 7:6.
  9. Bliss T, Guzman R, Daadi M, Steinberg GK. Cell Transplantation Therapy for Stroke. Stroke. 2007; 38(suppl 2):817-826.
  10. Silini AR, Cargnoni A, Magatti A, Pianta S, Parolini O. The long path of human placenta, and its derivatives, in regenerative medicine. Front Bioeng Biotechnol. 2015; 3:162.