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Why bank stem cells?

Around the world increasing numbers of families are becoming aware of the present and future lifesaving potential of cord blood banking and are choosing to collect and store their baby’s cord blood stem cells. They do this to ensure that the stem cells are available should the child or a genetically matched family member require them as part of a treatment plan, or to ensure they are available to take advantage of future developments in regenerative medicine.

Today stem cells obtained from cord blood are used in the treatment of over 80 diseases. Amongst these diseases are blood cancers like leukaemias and blood disorders such as Thalassaemia and Sickle Cell Anaemia. Some treatments can be carried out using the patient’s own cells and some require stem cells from a donor rather than their own.

Currently there are only a very limited number of registered bone marrow donors or cord blood stem cell units that would be a match for patients with an Arabic genetic background. Virgin Health Bank’s family cord blood banking programme has been designed to make transplant quality cord blood stem cell units available within families like your own.

Around the world there is major focus on the development of therapies that utilise stem cells and over a thousand clinical trials are being undertaken to develop a variety of new treatments. It’s hoped that the outcome of these trials will result in treatments for conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophies and other debilitating and life threatening diseases.