Advantages of Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Banking

Umbilical Cord Stem Cell Banking Pros and Cons

  • 1 in 217 individuals[1] may need a haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) transplant by the age of 70 according to a scientific paper published in 2008.
  • It is once-in-a-lifetime chance to collect cord blood – a readily available source when needed in the future.
  • 60% higher chance[2] of locating a matching cord blood unit in the family versus bone marrow.
  • Research showed that patients have a lower chance of complications in transplants when they receive stem cells from a relative[3].
  • Some of the most common cancers are treatable with a stem cell transplant. For instance, lymphoma and leukaemia are two of the top 10 common cancers for adults[4] and among the top 5 most common childhood cancers[5] in India.

Sources:

  1. Nietfeld JJ, Pasquini MC, Logan BR, et. al. 2008. Life Probabilities of Hematopoietic Stem Cell transplantation in the U.S. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. 14:316-322
  2. Beatty PG, Boucher KM, Mori M, et. al. 2000. Probability of Finding HLA-mismatched Related or Unrelated Marrow of Cord Blood Donors. Human
  3. Wagner JE, Steinbuch M, Kernan NA, et. al. 1995. Allogeneic sibling umbilical-cord blood transplantation in children Kurtzberg J, Laughin M, Graham ML, et. al. 1996. Placental blood as a source of hematopoietic stem cells for transplantation into unrelated recipients. New England Journal of Medicine. 335:157-66
  4. Swaminathan, et. al. 2011. Trends in cancer incidence in Chennai city (1982–2006) and statewide predictions of future burden in Tamil Nadu (2007–16). National Medical Journal of India: 24:2:72-7
  5. Swaminathan, et. al. 2008. Childhood cancers in Chennai, India, 1990 – 2001: Incidence and survival. Int. J. Cancer: 122, 2607-11