1 in 400 children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP) – a condition caused by brain development problems before, during or soon after birth. Although there is no single treatment yet, growing evidence suggests that certain types of stem cells could help treat the symptoms of CP.
One-year-old Phoebe from Birmingham was diagnosed with leukaemia at only seven months old. After unsuccessful chemotherapy, her recovery now depends on finding a stem cell donor match. If a match is found, she will be the youngest person in the world to receive a stem cell transplant.
September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Here we take a look at how blood stem cells (HSCs) are now widely used in regenerative medicine to treat blood cancer, and how we can increase the odds of finding a match.