When facing illness of a child or loved one, families want hope and doctors want options. Banked umbilical cord blood stem cells provides both.
Patients who require a haematopoietic stem cell transplant will need to obtain cells from one of three sources: bone marrow, circulating blood or umbilical cord blood. Finding a stem cell donor who is a match (and able to donate stem cells) is often difficult and, in many instances, no suitable donor can be found either within a family or through a National or International Bone Marrow Registry.
Storing your baby’s umbilical cord blood at birth provides a source of stem cells, an option for the Transplant Team, should a stem cell transplant be required either for your child or, depending on the degree of matching, for a sibling.