Articles Tagged: umbilical cord blood stem cells

Cord Blood Donation Pros and Cons

Cord Blood DonationThe most obvious benefit of a cord blood donation is that your loved ones will have a safety net in place if they ever need stem cells for a life saving procedure. The major downside to this practice is that it can potentially cost you thousands. Cord blood banking has lead to the development of a potential cerebral palsy stem cell treatment as well as other treatments that are cosmetic in nature. There are many proponents of stem cell research;

Autologous Stem Cell Transplant in Multiple Myeloma Cases

Autologous Stem Cell TransplantCan an autologous stem cell transplant be beneficial in multiple myeloma cases? The research has been very promising, and there have been a number of successes in this area in the last few years. These transplants do not use umbilical cord blood stem cells or stem cells from any donor. Instead these cells are taken from you before your treatment starts, frozen until needed, and then transplanted back into your body. After the cells are harvested you will undergo chemotherapy at a high dose, and then have the harvested cells transplanted.

Top 10 Ways of Using Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Transplants

Umbilical Cord Stem CellUmbilical cord blood is usually drawn from the umbilical cord after it had been detached from the newborn baby not causing any harm to the baby or mother. It’s believed to contain so called pure blood stem cells without the blood markers or antigens that can potentially be rejected by the recipient’s immune system. Extracted cord blood is then placed to a blood bank and frozen until future use. When the need arises, the umbilical cord blood stem cells are then injected intravenously into a patient’s blood stream to repair any damaged organ or tissue and create new and healthy cells.