What is Placenta Blood Banking?
The primary reason stem cells from the umbilical cord blood are not commonly used in therapeutic treatments for older children or adults is because there are simply not enough stem cells in one unit of umbilical cord blood to treat a typical adult patient, or any patient who weights more than approximately 65 pounds.
Preserving stem cells from the cord blood in the placenta is important for two additional reasons:
- A larger volume of stem cells can be a life-saving resource for children (or any patient under approximately 65 pounds) because it enables doctors to provide more than one treatment, treat more than one patient, or treat a relapse in a single patient.
- Having more stem cells is directly correlated to increased survival for transplant patients.
Stem cells from the placenta are valuable & non-controversial
It is clear from Americord’s research that the placenta contains extremely valuable stem cells.
- Placental stem cells can differentiate not only into red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, but also into many other types of tissue.
- Placental stem cells have the benefits of embryonic stem cells, but without the controversy or medical drawbacks.
You can learn more about embryonic and other types of stem cells in Cord Blood 101.
How you can preserve stem cells from the placenta
Americord is developing CordAdvantage, which will be available later this year, to harvest stem cells from cord blood in the placenta in addition to cord blood in the umbilical cord. This new technique, which will only be available through Americord, may be able to preserve enough stem cells to treat an adult.
The future of placental stem cells
Doctors are enthusiastic about the potential use of the particular types of stem cells that are found in the placenta in the emerging fields of gene therapy and cellular repair. When you bank your baby's placental cord blood stem cells, you will be saving what may be a key component to potential future medical treatments and cures.