Get the facts. Cord blood facts.
Cord blood stem cells are a valuable medical resource for numerous reasons:
- Cord blood is a rich, natural, controversy-free source of life-saving stem cells.
- Cord blood has no political or religious issues.
- The collection of cord blood does not harm the mother or child and does not interfere with the birthing process.
- Umbilical cord blood is currently used to treat over 80 life-threatening illnesses, including many cancers, immune deficiencies and genetic disorders.
- Unlike embryonic stem cells (taken from an embryo), cord blood is not controversial or unethical in any way because it is only collected post-birth.
- Recent research has shown tremendous promise for cord blood stem cells to be used in regenerative medicine to treat autism, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, hearing loss, diabetes and more.
- Cord blood is easier to collect, store and access quickly for a transplant.
- Cord blood stem cells have fewer matching criteria than bone marrow stem cells.
- There is significantly less risk of GvHD (Graft versus Host Disease) with cord blood as opposed to bone marrow.
- Recent studies have shown that there is less risk of a relapse for certain diseases if cord blood is used (read about it here).