What Diseases Can Be Treated with Umbilical Cord Blood?

what-diseases-can-be-treated-with-umbilical-cord-bloodUmbilical cord blood is rich in stem cells. These stem cells are hematopoietic (blood) stem cells that are able to make platelets, red blood cells, and white blood cells.

For the past 30 years, stem cell transplants using umbilical cord blood have been used to treat leukemia, anemia, and other blood-related disorders. In fact, umbilical cord blood is now being used to treat approximately 75 diseases.

Current stem cell applications include:

  • Acute Leukemia
  • Chronic Leukemias
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes such as Amyloidosis
  • Stem Cell Disorders such as Aplastic Anemia
  • Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Lymphoproliferative Disorders such as Hogdkins Disease
  • Phagocyte Disorders
  • Liposomal Storage Diseases
  • Histiocytic Disorders
  • Inherited Erythrocyte Abnormalities such as Sickle Cell Disease
  • Congenital Immune System Disorders such as Wiskott-Aldrich
  • Inherited Platelet Abnormalities
  • Plasma Cell Leukemia
  • Malignancies such as brain tumors, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and testicular cancer
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Other Inherited Diseases such as Tay Sachs Disease.

Looking ahead, researchers are hopeful that stem cells will be used to treat not only these blood-related disorders, but also other debilitating and life threatening diseases.

Researchers are interested in using cord blood stem cells to potentially treat:

  • Type I diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Heart Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Muscular Distrophy
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stroke
  • Spinal Cord Injuries

Clinical trials are currently being run with the intent of expanding the therapeutic use of stem cells. These studies, using human subjects, aim to investigate the efficacy of stem cells in treating a broader range of disorders and diseases.

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  1. Avatar of Wiley Wiley says:

    I agree, wonderful benefits if ever needed but the prices to store it is jacked up way too high.

  2. its nice that’ll it treat all of those, but the prices are way too high. i might as well keep it for myself in a freezer or something

  3. Cord blood has many advantages!!!! But the cost is horribly steep!

  4. Avatar of turtlemomma turtlemomma says:

    cord blood banking is a good thing, but they charge way too much to store the cord for you!

  5. Avatar of Americord Americord says:

    Advantages of Saving Your Baby’s Umbilical Cord Blood
    Saving umbilical cord blood is a smart decision because they contain stem cells that are used in transplant medicine. Stem cells are currently used to reconstitute patients’ immune systems after treatment with radiation or chemotherapy for various cancers. This is because radiation and chemotherapy destroy stem cells as well as cancer cells.
    http://i-am-pregnant.cordadvantage.com/advantages-of-saving-your-babys-umbilical-cord-blood

  6. Avatar of Sasoo Sasoo says:

    Useful information as I contemplate this.

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