Cord blood preservation

Diseases Treated
Stem cell transplantation is a rapidly growing field of medical research where breakthroughs are being made on a regular basis. Today there are over 45 malignant and non-malignant diseases that have been treated with stem cells from umbilical cords. Not long ago that number was 25. Research is showing us that stem cells may someday change the way certain diseases are treated.

Here is a list of diseases that have included stem cell treatment:

Cancers

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
  • Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)
  • Burkitt's lymphoma
  • Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)
  • Juvenile chronic myelogenous leukemia (JCML)
  • Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML)
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)
  • Liposarcoma
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS)
  • Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML)
  • Refractory anemia with excess blasts in transformation (RAEB-t)
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Refractory Hodgkin's disease
  • Retinoblastoma

Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes

  • Severe aplastic anemia
  • Blackfan-Diamond anemia
  • Dyskeratosis congenita
  • Fanconi anemia
  • Myelofibrosis

Hemoglobinopathies/Blood Disorders

  • Amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia (AMT)
  • Evans syndrome
  • Kostmann's syndrome
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Cooley's anemia

Inborn Errors of Metabolism

  • Adrenoleukodystrophy
  • Bare lymphocyte syndrome (MHC-II complex)
  • Batten disease (inherited neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis)
  • Familial erythrophagocytic/hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis
  • Gunther disease
  • Hunter syndrome
  • Hurler syndrome
  • Krabbe disease (globoid cell leukodystrophy)
  • Langerhans cell histiocytosis
  • Lesch-Nyhan disease
  • Leukocyte adhesion deficiency
  • Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome
  • Osteopetrosis
  • Tay-Sachs disease

Immunodeficiencies

  • Chronic granulomatous disease
  • Common variable immune deficiency (CVID)
  • Omenn's syndrome
  • Severe combined immune deficiency (SCID and SCID-ADA)
  • Reticular dysgenesis
  • Thymic dysplasia
  • Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome
  • X-linked lymphoproliferative disease

In addition, cord blood stem cell research is being done for potential future use in the treatment of:

  • Stroke
  • Certain autoimmune disorders (e.g., diabetes, lupus, multiple sclerosis)
  • Heart Disease
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Neurological disorders (e.g., ALS)
  • Muscular/cartilage diseases

More opportunities are being discovered every year but, since each case is different, there is no guarantee that a cord blood transplant will be an appropriate treatment therapy or that it will provide a cure.


Source: Viacord

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