About Cord Blood Banking

Banking your baby's cord blood is a big decision. We are sure you have lots of questions and we have answers. Our caring dedicated staff is committed to helping you through your questions.


What is Cord Blood?

Just as the umbilical cord is a lifeline for your baby in the womb, the blood from the umbilical cord can provide valuable benefits to your baby later in life.  This cord blood contains valuable stem cells that have amazing healing capabilities.  Cord blood is collected after your baby is born and the umbilical cord has been clamped and cut and does not interfere with the normal birthing process.

The Ever Growing Benefits  of Cord Blood Cryo Preservation

The stem cells available in cord blood have the unique ability to help rebuild a healthy immune system damaged by disease. They are currently being used to treat 80+ serious medical conditions including blood disorders, bone marrow failure disorders, cancers, immune disorders, metabolic disorders and others. Continuing research and studies are currently being conducted for potential treatments in regenerative medicine for conditions like autism, diabetes, liver disease, rheumatoid arthritis, congenital heart defects and many more.

Who Can Use the Cord Blood?

The first factor for whether or not cord blood can be used is the disease being treated. When someone uses their own cord blood it is called an autologous transplant. The majority of promising research is testing the use of a baby's cord blood to treat conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, stroke and more.

There are some diseases that cannot be treated by a baby's own blood, usually genetic related conditions or diseases. In cases where a baby cannot use its own cord blood, the sibling has a better chance of providing a match. This type of transplant is called allogeneic,

A baby's own cord blood is always a 100% genetic match for the baby. Mom and Dad are always a half match and siblings have up to a 75% chance of a match. The farther you move away from the immediate family, the less compatible the child's blood cord.  Cord blood banking is as much for the baby as it is for family members. 


FDA Approved Diseases for Cord Blood

CHILDHOOD CANCERS - SOLID TUMORS
Neuroblastoma
Retinoblastoma
Medulloblastoma

LEUKEMIAS
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)
Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)
Acute Biphenotypic Leukemia
Acute Undifferentiated Leukemia

CHRONIC LEUKEMIA
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
Juvenile Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (JCML)
Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML)
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)


MYELODYPLASTIC SYNDROMES (sometimes called
pre-leukemia)
Refractory Anemia
Refractory Anemia with Ringed Sideroblasts
Refractory Anemia with Excess Blasts
Refractory Anemia with Excess Blasts in Transformation
Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia (CMML)

LYMPHOMAS
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (Burkitt’s Lymphoma)

OTHER DISORDERS OF BLOOD CELL PROLIFERATION

Anemias
Aplastic Anemia
Congenital Dyserythropoietic Anemia
Fanconi Anemia
Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH)

Inherited Red Cell (Erythrocyte) Abnormalities
Beta Thalassemia Major (alsknown as Cooley’s Anemia)
Diamond-Blackfan Anemia
Pure Red Cell Aplasia
Sickle Cell Disease

Inherited Platelet Anomalies
Amegakaryocytosis / Congenital Thrombocytopenia
Glanzmann Thrombasthenia

Inherited Immune System Disorders: Severe
Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID)
SCID with Adenosine Deaminase Deficiency(ADA-SCID)
SCID which is X-linked
SCID with absence of T & B Cells
SCID with absence of T Cells, Normal B Cells
Omenn Syndrome

Inherited Immune System Disorders: Neutropenias
Infantile Genetic Agranulocytosis (Kostmann Syndrome)
Myelokathexis

Inherited Immune System Disorders–Other
Ataxia-Telangiectasia
Bare Lymphocyte Syndrome
Common Variable Immunodeficiency
DiGeorge Syndrome
Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Lymphoproliferative Disorder, X-linked
(also known as Epstein-Barr Virus Susceptibility)
Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome
Myeloproliferative Disorders
Acute Myelofibrosis
Agnogenic Myeloid Metaplasia (Myelofibrosis)
Polycythemia Vera
Essential Thrombocythemia

Phagocyte Disorders
Chediak-Higashi Syndrome
Chronic Granulomatous Disease
Neutrophil Actin Deficiency
Reticular Dysgenesis

Cancers in the Bone Marrow
Multiple Myeloma
Primary Plasma Cell Leukemia (PCL)
Secondary Plasma Cell Leukemia PCL)
Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia

INHERITED DISORDERS AFFECTING THE IMMUNE
SYSTEM AND OTHER ORGANS

Cartilage-Hair Hypoplasia
Gunther’s Disease (Erythropoietic Porphyria)
Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome
Pearson’s Syndrome
Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome
Systemic Mastocytosis

INHERITED METABOLOC DISORDERS

Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) Storage Diseases
Hurler Syndrome (MPS-IH)
Scheie Syndrome (MPS-IS)
Hunter Syndrome (MPS-II)
SanfilippSyndrome (MPS-III)
MorquiSyndrome (MPS-IV)
Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome (MPS-VI)

Sly Syndrome, Beta-Glucuronidase Deficiency (MPS-VII)
Mucolipidosis II (I-cell Disease)

Leukodystrophy Disorders
Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) /
Adrenomyeloneuropathy (AMN)
Krabbe Disease (Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy)
Metachromatic Leukodystrophy
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease

Lysosomal Storage Diseases
Niemann-Pick Disease
Sandhoff Disease
Wolman Disease

Inherited Disorders–Other
Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome
Osteopetrosis.
Source: Parent's Guide to Cord Blood Foundation
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Preserving cord blood cells does not guarantee that the saved cord blood cells will be applicable for every situation. Ultimate use will be determined by a physician. Please note:  Affordable Cord Care's activities are limited to collection of umbilical cord blood from autologous donors.
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