Cancer treatment using very high-dose chemotherapy or radiation therapy often results in severe injury to a patient’s blood-forming cells, called their hematopoietic (“blood formation”) system. Therefore, radiation therapy is soon followed by hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), which is a method of reconstructing a patient’s blood system that has been destroyed by cancer treatment. Cord blood can also be used as a source of stem cells for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), providing an important alternative to the traditional options of peripheral blood and bone marrow transplant. Importantly, bone marrow and peripheral blood require full tissue matching for use in HSCT, while umbilical cord blood only requires partial matching. [Read more…]
Because cord blood present within a newborn’s umbilical is rich with stem cells, it can be collected and stored for future medical use.
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The first transplant using cord blood-derived hematopoietic stem cells was performed in October 1988. Since that year, remarkable achievements have been made in terms of research into umbilical cord blood-derived hematopoietic and progenitor cells. More than 40,000 UCB transplants (UCBTs) have been performed across different geographies of the world, in both children and adults, to treat diseases that include hematologic, metabolic, immunologic, neoplastic, and neurologic disorders. [Read more…]
The history of cord blood banking is fascinating, because the service did not exist on a widespread basis until a few decades ago. Below, we introduce key historical events that have affected cord blood and cord tissue storage, both in the U.S. and worldwide.
Since the first stem cell transplant occurred more than 65 years ago (1957), there has been a nearly exponential increase in stem cell transplants, and in late 2012, the millionth stem cell transplant occurred, a landmark event in stem cell medicine. It is clear that the stem cells contained within cord blood banking now have the potential to improve and save lives. Since the first cord blood transplant was performed in 1988, stem cells derived from umbilical blood have been used in more than 40,000 transplants worldwide. [Read more…]