Since the practice of cord blood banking began a few years ago, parents everywhere have seen the benefits of storing their infant’s embryonic stem cells. One of the diseases that is most commonly treated using the cells obtained from cord blood is leukemia.
As one of the most aggressive forms of cancer, leukemia is most likely to strike during childhood. Usually, it will be treated through the use of chemotherapy. While this is a highly effective form of treatment, it is often so aggressive that the patient’s natural blood cells are left damaged, or unable to fully regenerate.
In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, it was found that one third of those who had undergone failed chemotherapy would find success with a cord blood transplant. Other cord blood banks reviews have demonstrated that since embryonic stem cell treatment was pioneered for use in leukemia patients, the techniques and efficacy had been improved. As leukemia is a cancer of the blood, it is notoriously hard to combat. However, with the un-matured embryonic cells from cord blood, doing so is no longer impossible.
In addition to cord blood having a proven success rate in treating leukemia, it is also a safer option than using donations from a random donor, or from mature cells. As the body is more likely to reject mature cells as a foreign invader, embryonic stem cells are less likely to cause life-threatening conditions like graft Versus host disease. The ready availability of cord blood from your infant will also mean a shorter waiting time for treatment.
As research into cord blood continues, exciting new discoveries are made each day. Storing blood for the future will only entitle you to existing treatment, it will make future discoveries accessible.