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Medical Expert’s words on stem cells:
"I strongly recommend that all expectant parents ask their doctor about the lifesaving potential of cord blood... Today, cord blood is being used to treat such life-threatening diseases as leukaemia and other cancers, as well as certain blood and immune disorders that formerly situated a bone marrow transplant."
Dr. Marianne Neifert, Pediatrician
"The promise of stem cells in the prevention and treatment of many diseases, including cancer, is so immense that it would be almost irresponsible for research on this technology to be marginalized... [We] should also never lose sight of the tremendous life-saving possibilities of this technology."
Dr. Joseph Bailes, President Elect of the American Society of Clinical Oncology before the House Committee on Appropriations.
Words from Healthcare professionals:
" I was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease least year and was like anyone else overwhelmed with the treatment process. As a mother of one, I wish that I was made aware of the wonderful option to bank cord blood when my son was born. I have vowed to myself and the memory of those who have had similar experiences like mine to dedicate my time and energy in educating health professionals and parents-to-be on the importance of banking with the Cord Blood Registry! Take it from someone who knows, bank your baby's cord blood, it could save a life, even your own!"
Heidi A. Blackledge, LPN, CCE
Future Use of Stem Cells
"[Cord blood stem cells] might be suitable for transplantation in neurodegenerative diseases, gene delivery to the central nervous system, and repair of brain and spinal cord injuries."
Juan R. Sanchez-Ramos, Shijie Song, Siddharth G. Kamath, et. al. Experimental Neurology, 171, 2001