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If You Answer Yes to Any Three of These Questions, You May Want to Consider Cord Blood Banking

If You Answer Yes to Any Three of These Questions, You May Want to Consider Cord Blood Banking

If You Answer Yes to Any Three of These Questions, You May Want to Consider Cord Blood Banking

If You Answer Yes to Any Three of These Questions, You May Want to Consider Cord Blood Banking

If You Answer Yes to Any Three of These Questions, You May Want to Consider Cord Blood Banking

Cord blood banking has positively impacted the lives of thousands of people struggling with critical diseases. Stem cells extracted from cord blood are at the front line of the battle against 80+ diseases, some of which are life-threatening illnesses that weigh down patients and their families for years.

But is the procedure right for you and your baby? Throughout these blog pages, we have discussed the advantages of cord blood banking, while more and more doctors and research scientists have pushed forward the boundaries of this amazing medical breakthrough. With all the healthcare decisions you need to consider for your newborn, is cord blood banking a priority for your family?

We hope that you or your child never needs to use the cord blood you bank for her. . However, cord blood banking is no longer about combating rare genetic diseases exclusively. With the increase of research-backed studies in the field, newer treatments will soon be  available to fight non-genetic diseases such as cancer and spinal injuries. That said, some parents need to consider cord blood banking more urgently than other. Here are three questions to help you decide if you fall into that category:

 

Do you have a family history of a disease that has been treated successfully with stem cells?

Your baby may benefit from stem cell therapies if you have a family history of the following diseases: Leukemia, Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Sickle-cell anemia, Kostmann Syndrome, Reticular Dysplasia, Tay-Sachs Disease, Osteoporosis and many others. For a complete list of the diseases treated by stem cell therapies, please visit https://www.natera.com/cord-blood/benefits.

 

Do you already have a child or children with genetic diseases that need stem cell based treatments?

Currently, a significant number of proven cord blood treatments are for genetic diseases which need a matching stem cell donor. Maybe someone in your extended family is suffering from a genetic disease and requires stem cell based therapies? Your new baby’s cord blood could provide a good match in such a case. 

If you currently have a child with a rare genetic disease such as Thalassemia, Sickle Cell Disease or Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome (there are over 80 diseases which use cord blood based treatments), then it is vital to save your new baby’s cord blood. The chances of finding a match with your sibling’s stem cells are far higher than with unrelated donors.

 

Will your child will be a mixed-race or multicultural baby?

If you and your partner are of different racial backgrounds, you should consider cord blood banking. Should the need arise for a stem cell therapy or transplant, the most difficult donor to find is one for a mixed-race child. For these children, only about 30 percent of patients are able to find a match within their family. The chance of a single sibling being a match is 25 percent.

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then you need to seriously consider banking your baby’s cord blood.

If you don’t fall into one of these special risk categories, should you still consider cord blood banking? We believe you should. The fact is, cord blood research is on the cusp of new medical breakthroughs. There are already FDA approved clinical studies underway for developing new treatments for 30 new illnesses such as autism, spinal cord injury, hearing loss or cerebral palsy.

What stops many parents from investing in cord blood banking is the fact that the diseases it can help are usually rare. However, this is changing, and there is enough medical evidence to prove that in time cord blood banking will be used effectively in more and more healthcare therapies.

 

 

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