Celebrating Cord Blood

Celebrating umbilical cord blood may sound a little strange, but when you learn about how cord blood stem cells are helping change lives for the better, you’ll see how it really is something to celebrate!  That’s why the entire month of July is dedicated to cord blood awareness and ensuring as many expectant families as possible know about the healing potential of cord blood stem cells.

In honor of Cord Blood Awareness Month, let’s take a look at the progress that has been made with cord blood stem cells…

Past

Back in 1988, the first cord blood transplant was successfully used in the treatment of a six year old patient who had Fanconi Anemia.77

Since that very first transplant over 25 years ago, cord blood stem cells have played an important role in transplant medicine.

Today

Today, cord blood stem cells are used in the treatment of nearly 80 diseases.  This list includes a range of cancers, genetic diseases, and blood disorders.2

The demonstrated effectiveness of these incredible cells has made cord blood the fastest growing source of stem cells in pediatric transplants. 3a

Future

Thanks to advancements in research, the treatment possibilities for cord blood continue to grow. Clinical research trials are continually exploring new possibilities where the use of cord blood stem cells can make a difference in quality of life.

Two research trials worth knowing about are studying using cord blood stem cells as potential therapies for Autism and Cerebral Palsy. 104, 109 It’s important to note that both of these studies require a child to use their own cord blood stem cells.

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