How Cord Blood is Saving Lives
Cord blood has been used in life-saving medical treatments for more than 20 years, and is supported by a wealth of scientific research and clinical evidence. More than 5,500 cord blood stem cell transplants from unrelated donors and several hundred from sibling donors have been performed worldwide.1
Today, cord blood transplants are successfully treating patients suffering from 70 different diseases.2 Cord blood can treat patients with leukemia, breast cancer, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, other cancers, Aplastic Anemia, Sickle Cell Anemia, blood diseases, bone marrow failure, and immune system disorders. Some diseases that may be treated in the future are AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Parkinsons, and Alzheimers.
Amazingly, at this time, there are two therapies that are in clinical trials for Type 1 Diabetes and Cerebral Palsy.
The most updated list of all diseases treated with a cord blood stem cell transplant can be found at www.ParentsGuideCordBlood.org.
1 “Cord Blood Stem Cell Transplantation”, published by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, August 2007.
2 “Cord Blood Stem Cell Transplantation”, published by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, August 2007.