Banking your baby’s stem cells offers a unique opportunity to provide protection and security for your family. Stem cells are the building blocks of life that form many other tissues, organs, and systems in the body. Umbilical cord blood stem cells are currently used to treat many diseases, and new uses are being explored every day.
To date, physicians have used stem cells from umbilical cord blood in more than 25,000 transplants to treat over 80 life-threatening diseases, including cancers, blood disorders, and immune system deficiencies.
Stem cells are also the key to the emerging field of Regenerative Medicine, which promises new cures for previously untreatable conditions.
Experts currently estimate a probability of 1 in 217 that your child will have a medical condition that may be treated with stem cells during his or her lifetime. (Published in Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. 2008:14(3):316-322.)
Two Ways to Protect Your Family
FamilyCord offers the ability to bank both types of umbilical cord stem cells. Cord blood and cord tissue provide different types of stem cells, so storing both gives you a greater number and variety of stem cells. This may increase the potential to treat a broader range of diseases.
Cord blood is a rich source of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), which have already been used in thousands of transplants.
Cord tissue is a source of many cell types, including mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Researchers have discovered that MSCs will play a major role in future clinical therapies using Regenerative Medicine. This research holds the promise of regenerating damaged tissues and organs by stimulating the body.
Legal Disclaimer: As with any transplant, therapeutic success depends upon factors including patient condition, type of disease, recipient/donor matching, and other factors. Autologous stem cells are not generally suitable for treatment of inherited genetic diseases, nor are they guaranteed to provide a cure for other diseases. There is no guarantee that the cord blood will match anyone other than the baby.
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