You also have the option to save the umbilical Cord Tissue, which is a rich source of certain types of stem cell, primarily Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) that can form bone, cartilage and tendon. Storage of the cord tissue will enhance your overall cell sample size and allows you to store cell types which look increasingly likely to be of therapeutic use in the long term such as Vascular Endothelial and Perivascular Cells.
Storing cord tissue will not only increase the number of MSCs harvested but will also add further cell types not present in the cord blood. Cells4Life ensures that the maximum number of stem cell types are preserved, providing more opportunities for use of your child's sample now and in the future.
Saving both the cord blood and tissue will help your family be even more prepared and provide more medical options in the future. Cord blood is being used today to save lives and both cord blood and cord tissue are being researched for additional ways they may be able to help treat conditions that have no cure today.
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If you are a soon to be a parent, our advice is don’t procrastinate or think twice over making a decision about cord blood banking. You never know the exact date of the birth and if you reach that day without having arranged for a piece of the umbilical cord to be collected and stored your chance is gone forever to be able to make a huge difference in your child’s life…. because you never know what can happen!!