If you’re interested in stem cell banking, be wary about a lot of false information out there. To make an informed decision on umbilical cord blood collection, read the following five facts that you should know.
Cord blood is a recognized method of treatment
Stem cells from umbilical cord blood are used in the treatment of 80 serious diseases. In 2018, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the first transplantation of umbilical cord blood (October 8, 1988). Since then, over 40,000 transplants have been carried out worldwide.
Umbilical cord blood has greater regenerative ability from the bone marrow
Cells from umbilical cord blood have ten times more regenerative capacity than bone marrow. What's more, they are characterized by lower immunological maturity, thanks to which their transplantation results in fewer complications in the recipient (in the case of allogeneic transplantation, there is less risk of rejection of the graft).
Acquiring umbilical blood does not affect the course of labor
Taking the blood from the umbilical cord takes place only after the child is unleashed. The decision on when the cord should be cut should be taken by the midwife and doctor, taking into account current medical knowledge, information on the course of pregnancy and childbirth, mother and child health, mom's preferences and standards in the ward.
Cells do not lose their properties after freezing
Experiments conducted by American scientists confirmed that stem cells retained their unique ability (multiplication and formation of colonies) after 24 years of storage in a state of deep freezing (temperature -196 ° C). Theoretically, stem cells together with a cryoprotectant can be stored in such conditions indefinitely without compromising the quality of the preparation.