Using Stem Cells to Treat Disease
Cord blood stem cells has been expensively used for therapies as compared to any other sources due to its ready availability and nascent nature delivering better results post therapy. Apart from this the lesser matching required for a therapy using cord blood stem cells as compared to other sources of haemopoetic stem cells makes it the choice of every therapist minimizing the risk associated post therapy.
Around 25 years ago, the first human transplant using umbilical cord blood stem cells was performed. At the time, only one disease was treatable using cord blood stem cells. Today, cord blood stem cells can be used in the treatment of nearly 80 diseases and the list continues to develop.
Cord blood stem cells have proven track records on treatment of diseases like Thalassemia, Leukemia, Anaemia, Cerebral palsy, Diabetes and various, Blood disorders, Bone marrow syndromes, Cancers, Hemoglobinopathies, Immunodeficiencies, Metabolic disorders.
Further more than 300 diseases and conditions are in research progressing towards positive results.
New medical technology may well use these cells to rebuild cardiac tissue, repair damage due to stroke or spinal cord injuries and reverse the effects of such diseases as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's. While the research is still in its early stages, the possibilities are extremely promising. And, banking your child's stem cells increases access to any of these technologies in the future.