What are the advantages of Stem Cells from Cord Blood?
► Stem cells from cord blood can be readily isolated from placenta at the time of childbirth.
► Harvesting stem cells from bone marrow is difficult when compared to cord blood as the procedure involves surgery.
► Cord blood can be stored and transplanted back into the same donor, to a family member or to an unrelated recipient.
► Stem cell rejection is less during when using cord blood as cord blood has not been involved in an immune reaction.
► Banked stem cells from cord blood are more readily available and are very useful for patients with leukemia, anemia, and immune deficiency.
► Cord blood has a greater capacity to produce high number of new blood cells compared to bone marrow stem cells.