How Is Cord Blood Used Today?
Cord blood is currently used in the treatment of nearly 80 diseases today.22>
Cord blood has been used in transplant medicine for nearly 30 years and can be used in the treatment of nearly 80 diseases, including certain types of cancers, genetic diseases, and blood disorders.
In transplants, cord blood units banked by ViaCord have a great track record with the highest published transplant success rate in Family Banking - 88% at 1 year. 9b
See all of the conditions that can use cord blood today
Who can use the cord blood you save for your family?
There is often confusion over who can use cord blood stem cells in treatment — the baby they were collected from or a sibling? The short answer is both, but it very much depends on the condition being treated. And it's ultimately the treating physician's decision.
Cord Blood Use For Your Baby
Regenerative Medicine & Proven Treatments
Recently we've seen many children use their own cord blood in a new area known as regenerative medicine in clinical research trials for conditions like autism and cerebral palsy. 104, 109 There are some diseases on the list (like neuroblastoma cancer) where a child could use his or her own cord blood. However, most of the diseases on the proven treatment list are inherited genetic diseases. Typically, a child with a genetic disease would require a cord blood unit from a sibling or an unrelated donor.
Learn more about cord blood use in regenerative medicine research
Cord Blood Use For A Sibling
Most of the diseases on the proven treatment list are inherited genetic diseases. Typically, a child with a genetic disease would require cord blood unit from a sibling or an unrelated donor. Having a sibling cord blood unit can be a great advantage as research shows that treatments using cord blood from a family member are about twice as successful as treatments using cord blood from a non-relative.9a, 17
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What about cord tissue?
Cord tissue is not quite ready for prime time yet, but excitement is growing around its potential
Excitement about cord tissue's potential to help conditions affecting cartilage, muscle and nerve cells continues to grow.19 Researchers are focusing on a wide range of potential treatment areas, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, liver fibrosis, lung cancer, and sports injuries. Since 2007 there have been 150 clinical trials using cord tissue stem cells.
There is a high likelihood that immediate biological family members could benefit from the baby’s cord tissue stem cells, with parents having a 100% likelihood of being compatible, siblings having a 75% likelihood of being compatible, and grandparents having a 25% likelihood of being compatible.16,50 Another reason why parents today are choosing to bank their baby's cord tissue for the future.
Learn more about ongoing research using cord tissue