What is Cord Blood?
After a baby’s delivery, the umbilical cord and placenta are no longer needed and most often discarded as medical waste. The blood remaining in the umbilical cord and placenta are rich with blood-forming cells called stem cells.
- Red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body
- Platelets to prevent bleeding
- White blood cells to form our immune system and guard against infection
What makes Umbilical Cord Blood Different from Bone Marrow? Both are sources of stem cells that can be used to replace those which are damaged or destroyed in aggressive treatment for cancer and other diseases.
- Risk of rejection
- Discomfort for the donor
Bone marrow transplantation is still a viable method of transplanting stem cells and it has been very successful.