Did You Know?
15% of transplant patients receive Cord Blood
Tens of thousands of patients undergo blood-related transfusions each year as a result of a debilitating disease diagnosis. Treatments used to treat certain diseases can cause red and white blood cell counts to decrease to an extremely low number. While there are methods to restore these counts, an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 patients in the United States have been unable to use blood donations because no suitable DNA match can be found. However, there is an alternative solution that offers many advantages, called Cord Blood.
The following guide will support the patient population in understanding what Cord Blood is, diseases that can be treated with Cord Blood and benefits.
01 | What is Cord Blood?
Cord blood, or stem cells, is comprised of red and white blood cells, platelets and plasma that continue to multiply and produce additional blood cells. Cord Blood can only be found within the umbilical cord and/or placenta.
02 | Diseases Cord Blood Treat
There are well over 80,000 diseases that have been treated with Cord Blood with a large percentage of these diseases being cancer-related.
The following types of disease categories having been treated using Cord Blood are:
03 | Benefits
Cord blood offers a number of advantages to donors and transplant recipients. When reviewing options with your medical provider, consider some of the benefits listed in choosing to use Cord Blood:
For additional benefits and concerns of using Cord Blood, please consult your medical provider.
For more information on Cord Blood, please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/dba/stem.html