Unique Benefits

Simple and Safe

The stem cell collection process from umbilical cord blood and tissue is no medical risk and pain free to the mother and child. Blood and tissue collection occurs after safe delivery with blood collection performed by the physician and supporting team. These benefits are further highlighted when compared to bone marrow collection, which is an invasive procedure that requires the use of anesthesia, and is uncomfortable and painful.

Effective Engraftment

An important milestone associated with recovery after cord blood transplantation the presence of healthy blood-forming cells, which is known as engraftment. Compared to bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell transplantation, cord blood stem cell transplantation has been associated with a higher rate of engraftment and recipients are more tolerant of mismatches in human leukocyte antigen mismatches. The less stringent matching characteristics are associated with a reduced incident of post-transplant adverse effects like Graft-Versus-Host Disease.

Rapid Treatment Availability

Stored cord blood stem cells are readily available to the recipient permitting earlier transplantation compared to unrelated bone marrow transplants. Cord blood patients received their transplantation a median of 25 days before those receiving bone marrow. There is no need to locate a donating volunteer, determine if they will actually donate, and spend time determining if they match the recipient.

Low Risk of Infection Transmission

Cord blood is rarely contaminated with diseases or latent viruses making it a safer alternative to stem cells from bone marrow and peripheral blood. Some common viruses that can be lethal to the transplant recipient include Epstein-Barr virus and cytomegalovirus. The prevalence of adults infected by cytomegalovirus in Europe and North America is estimated to range between 40 – 80%, compared to less that 1% of infants born with the virus.

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