Cord Blood Stem Cells FAQs
What is cord blood?
What makes umbilical cord stem cells different from other sources?
They are more readily accepted by the patient in a transplant setting, and studies show that there is a lower incidence of Graft Versus Host Disease or GvHD (when the patient’s immune system rejects the transplanted cells). Umbilical cord stem cells also have a broader match potential in comparison to those from other sources because they do not need to be an exact genetic match due to the nature of umbilical cord stem cells.
How umbilical cord stem cells can be used in treatments today?
Umbilical cord stem cells can be used therapeutically to help restore function to the immune system and blood-producing systems, e.g. when these cells have been damaged by chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Currently, cord blood stem cells are being used to treat more than 80 medical conditions.