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Cord Blood Benefits

With cord blood becoming the talk of town, let’s have a look at the bright as well as the dark sides of this miracle blood that promises to treat many life-threatening diseases in the near future. •

Cord Blood Transplantation contains the stem cells which serve as the basic building block for the immune system. The stem cells have a very special property that it can transform into other cells that enable normal growth in our body. Hence thesestem cell therapy is important for treating certain types of disorders of the blood and metabolic disorders.

Stem Cell Treatment is used to treat mainly blood disorders and cancers, of which there are 200 to 400 new cases annually in Singapore only. Cord blood used to treat aggressive leukemia especially in children and is often used when bone marrow donors can’t be found. Leukemia probably being the most common problem solved. Umbilical cord blood is used in this transplant just like how it been done on bone marrow. Moreover the stem cells are necessary for proper development of the organs of the body and the immune system in our body. People who suffer from blood disorders might find a lot of cord blood uses for treating their disorders. Treating Leukemia and anemia are some of the cord blood uses and hence its benefits can’t be ignored.

Cord blood benefits in treating such disorders apart from its uses in treating metabolic disorders in a baby. If you have the cord blood in a blood bank you are assured of its use whenever there is a use of it in the future. Families which have a history of genetic diseases can store the cord blood in a blood bank so that they can avail the services of that blood bank whenever they need it. Cord blood benefits as an excellent resource for stem cells finds its uses in many treatments.

Cord blood benefits general people by treating acute leukemia, chronic leukemia, Myeloproliferative Disorders, Lymph proliferative Disorders, Phagocyte Disorders, and Other Inherited Disorders. Inherited Platelet Abnormalities, Inherited Metabolic Disorders, Histiocytic Disorders, Erythrocyte Abnormalities, Immune system Disorders, and Plasma Cell Disorders are some of the other disorders that are treated with cord blood.

As per the findings it has been estimated that cord blood can treat more than 80 diseases using Hematopoietic Stem Cell (HSC) transplants, including leukemia, sickle cell anemia, and metabolic disorders.

Research has shown in recent years that survival rates have double when a person’s own cord blood or a family member’s cord blood is used.

One of the most important cord blood benefits is that it does not need a perfect match. This Cord blood can be transplanted even if there is only a partial match between donor and recipient. The recipient is at fewer risks of complications by cord blood transplant. The immune cells present in cord blood are less likely to attack the tissue of patient (graft vs. host disease) as compared to bone marrow transplant. Also, cord blood is less likely to spread certain viruses such as cytomegalovirus (CMV), which is a deadly infection that strikes transplant recipients. Nearly half of the adult population of America is the carrier of CMV in the form of latent virus. Besides this, less than 1 percent of babies are born with CMV.