Is it better to donate umbilical cord blood or use a private cord blood bank?

Clinical Settings 1

There is little reason not to bank cord blood.

When stored in family banks, cord blood can used in transplants to an immediate relatives; patients with a related donor have higher survival rates.

Emerging therapies also open up the possibility of children in the future being able to use their own banked cord blood stem cells to help the body repair itself.

Patients with access to their own cord blood in private bank facilities, may at a later stage have greater access to new stem cell procedures.

Private cord blood banks offer people peace of mind that they have stem cells stored for their own use – and for their families – should they be needed in the future.

Using family cord blood banking requires parents to pay a private bank to store their child’s cord blood - this allows your family to have instant access to those stem cells in times of need.

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