Why Expectant Parents Bank Cord Blood
Expectant parents choose to bank their cord blood for one reason - to help protect their family’s health.
Cord blood has been used to successfully treat over 70 life-threatening illnesses. Among them are leukemia, lymphoma, thalassemia, and sickle cell disease, to name a few1.
1 - Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation, Diseases Treated, http://parentsguidecordblood.org/diseases.php (accessed Oct 13, 2015).
There are also hundreds of human clinical trials being performed using cord blood to treat conditions and diseases that affect millions of people in the U.S. alone. These trials involve regenerative medicine and other applications for the treatment of Diabetes, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Strokes, Neonatal & Pediatric Brain Injury, Alzheimer’s & Spinal Cord Injury to name a few (see www.clinicaltrials.gov). The existence of clinical trials does not guarantee that cord blood will be successful in the treatment of those diseases in the future. While you can’t plan on health issues your child may face, you can have possible treatment options.
Families are also choosing to store the cord tissue because there are additional cells shown to be potentially useful in therapies treating further degenerative diseases and conditions.