What are umbilical cord stem cells?
Stem cells are the building blocks of life, they create a direct link between your child’s good health at the time they are born and their good health in the future. Should your child face any of a vast range of health issues in later life, stem cells may be the key to repairing and restoring their health.Umbilical cord blood stem cells are known as naïve cells, as they are yet to develop into a specific type of cell. The incredible fact about these stem cells is that they are able to repair and replace damaged tissue. Should a child become ill with a condition such as leukaemia, following normal treatment, these unique stem cells can be transfused into their body to help protect and repair the damaged areas.
Umbilical cord blood stem cells are already being used to treat over 85 medical conditions including leukaemias, anaemias and thalassemias and the list is constantly growing. Cord blood stem cell collection is an incredibly simple process in which these unique cells are collected from the umbilical cord once the baby has been safely delivered.Umbilical cord tissue stem cells are also an area which offers great future potential to treat an array of conditions, such as cerebral palsy, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. There are currently over 300 therapies in clinical trial or late stages of research using umbilical cord stem cells and many of these will become a reality in the lifetime of a child born today.Umbilical cord tissue stem cells are collected at the same time as cord blood stem cells. This process simply involves taking a sample of the cord tissue and then processing and storing at our laboratory in Nottingham.