Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are defined as stem cells that have a preference for becoming cells of the blood and immune system, such as white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. Found in the peripheral blood and bone marrow, hematopoietic stem cells are also present in plentiful supply within the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies.
For the past thirty years, cord blood has been used within transplant medicine, including for the treatment of leukemia and other blood diseases. For most conditions in which a bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell transplant is an option, a cord blood transplant is a potential alternative.
Hematopoietic Stem Cells
In this article:
- Human Cord Blood Cells
- Common Diseases Treatable with Cord Blood Transplant
- Allogeneic and Autologous Transplants
- Diseases Treatable with Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant in the Future