The discovery of stem cells was one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine indeed the scientific evolution. The amazing speed of research and clinical trials using umbilical cord stem cells has led to big hopes because of the unimaginable possibilities of diseases being treated. Many of these treatments use the patient's own stem cells.
New scientific discoveries have shown that umbilical cord blood- derived stem cells can even be developed into liver, renal, neural, heart muscle and insulin producing cells. This finding potentially opens the door for these cells to be used in regenerative medicine. This promising scientific evolution is briefly depicted as below:
1988: Just 1 disease could be treated: Fanconi Anaemia
1999: The number of treatable diseases increases from 5 to 10.
2009: Over 85 diseases, under the following disciplines can be treated:
• Oncologic and proliferative diseases.
• Immunodeficiency and related diseases.
• Haematological and related diseases.
• Metabolic Disorders.
We expect the future of cell therapies to increase rapidly to provide cure for many life-threatening diseases. In view of the potential of these cells and the post transplant surviving rate, many parents around the world are choosing to cryopreserve their babies stem cells.
Once in a Lifetime Opportunity
Umbilical cord and cord blood can only be collected at the time of the birth of your baby. The collection procedure is safe and painless and does not affect the natural sequence of birth. The decision at the right time should give you the greater peace of mind with the existing therapies and the ongoing research around the world into new applications.
Stem cells derived from umbilical cord and cord blood have many advantages over the stem cells collected later in life. There is no risk of rejection and are immediately available for treatment when needed. Thus like in the past, this once in a lifetime opportunity should not go to waste for sake of your baby's future health.
Stem cells - too valuable not to be used
Should you decide not to save your stem cells privately, you may wish to offer them to a public stem cell bank. In this way, you could be a great help to others.