Cord blood stem cells form the body’s blood and immune system tissues, and cord tissue stem cells form the body’s skeletal and connective tissues. They represent two vastly different types of stem cells that can potentially be used to treat different diseases and conditions within the body.
Banking both cord blood and umbilical cord tissue can have a number of advantages for families looking to provide extra protection for their family’s future.
Additionally, the ability of cord tissue stem cells to suppress the body’s immune response has prompted doctors to use them in unison with cord blood stem cells to reduce the effects of transplant rejection, also known as Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD).
By using cord tissue stem cells along with cord blood stem cells, researchers have reported quicker cell engraftment and better transplant outcomes.
If you donate your baby’s cord blood to a public cord blood bank, they may discard the cord blood unit or sell it to a research facility. In fact, 80% of all publically donated cord blood samples are not stored for future transplantation.1
If a family member falls ill with a life-threatening disease or condition, there is a high probability that your child’s cord blood will not be available to you when needed for a transplant.
Babies and immediate family members can take advantage of banked cord blood. If your child or a family member is suffering from a life-threatening condition, such as lymphoma, leukemia, sickle-cell anemia, or one of many other 80 diseases and conditions that can be effectively treated with cord blood stem cells, cord blood banking may provide your family with the best chance of survival, recovery, and a renewed quality of life.
Private banking of both cord blood and cord tissue will provide your family with the most complete scope of future treatment options.
1 Parent's Guide to Cord Blood Foundation. (n.d.). Retrieved 2016-31-May from PGCB: Cord Blood Introduction: Cord Blood Infographic: http://parentsguidecordblood.org/en/cord-blood-infographic
Banking your baby's cord blood and cord tissue will help minimize, and in some cases eliminate the risk of GVHD, a potentially fatal condition.