Stem Cell Storage
What is Stem Cell Storage?
Stem cells are the building blocks of human life. They have been used in the treatment of leukaemia, lymphomas, blood cancers, histiocytic disorders, hemoglobinopathies, bone marrow disorders, metabolic and immune system disorders and other types of cancer and are the potential building blocks for the cure and treatment of various other diseases. Stem cells are collected from the umbilical cord of newborns, a procedure that is not harmful to the baby or the mother. These cells can be stored and used for future treatments.
If you’re pregnant and are considering storing your baby’s stem cells, then tests need to be carried out 30 days before birth or seven days afterwards to ensure healthy stem cells. What happens is that the stem cells are extracted from the umbilical cord of the newborn baby and then cryogenically preserved (frozen) and stored. The procedure is safe and quick and poses no threat to you as a patient or to your new-born baby.
Should I do it?
If there is any history of illnesses in your family – for example cancer – then stem cell storage may be a viable option for you. Having a baby is an exciting time but an expensive one too! With financial solutions from Incred you can successfully extract and store your baby’s stem cells. Stem cells can be used to treat many different diseases and in some cases can be used to treat the parent of the baby, or even the grandparent.