Why it is
Umbilical cord blood is rich in stem cells that have the ability to differentiate into other cell lines, e.g. nerve, bone, muscle or blood cells. By collecting umbilical cord blood and banking the stem cells contained in it, we gain access to innovative stem cell therapy when it is needed.
What are the advantages?
80 oncological and hematological diseases
so many diseases are treated by umbilical cord blood stem cells transplantation
autism and cerebral palsy
use of stem cells provides advantages patients with these diseases
umbilical cord stem cells are widely used in the reconstruction of neurons, joints and bones
the odds of being treated with stem cells in the future
We do not know the future and we do not know what diseases can happen to our relatives. The probability of future stem cell treatment is now 1: 100, and the cells can be used both for the child during which the birth was taken as well as for the siblings and the child's family (with a compatible HLA system). The collection is non-invasive and completely safe for both mother and child.
What are the disadvantages?
It's not a cure for everything
despite the growing number of indications, stem cells will not be the proper choice for all diseases
There are costs to be borne
the collection and banking of umbilical cord blood is not reimbursed, so parents must cover the costs themselves
Sometimes it can’t be harvested
there are contraindications for collection, e.g. HIV infection