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What are the benefits of saving cord blood?
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Dr. Javier Chinen
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
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Cord blood is usually discarded.
Cord blood transplant is increasingly used as alternative to bone marrow transplant for people with blood diseases, including blood cancer, immune system deficiencies. There are public and private cord blood banks. The actual benefits of collecting cord blood to be used in the future for the same individual need to be explained in a counseling session.

In brief: Help others
Cord blood is usually discarded.
Cord blood transplant is increasingly used as alternative to bone marrow transplant for people with blood diseases, including blood cancer, immune system deficiencies. There are public and private cord blood banks. The actual benefits of collecting cord blood to be used in the future for the same individual need to be explained in a counseling session.
Dr. Javier Chinen
Dr. Javier Chinen
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In brief: Stem cells available
...For either the child herself, or for others, in case of need.
Fetal cells are better transplant material than adult bone marrow, they are of course perfectly suited for the person they came from if they need a transplant later, but also they don't need to be as perfectly matched as adult marrow to other recipients. A cousin might benefit from such a transplant, for example.

In brief: Stem cells available
...For either the child herself, or for others, in case of need.
Fetal cells are better transplant material than adult bone marrow, they are of course perfectly suited for the person they came from if they need a transplant later, but also they don't need to be as perfectly matched as adult marrow to other recipients. A cousin might benefit from such a transplant, for example.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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