What Is Cord Blood & Cord Tissue?

The differences between the two and how they’re used.

Cord blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma.

What is Cord Blood?

Cord blood contains stem cells that can be used to help treat serious diseases later in one’s life.

Cord blood is the blood collected from the umbilical cord of a newborn baby where there is a rich source of stem cells. These stem cells are similar to the stem cells found in an adult’s bone marrow; however the youth of the cells makes them able to replicate themselves for a longer period of time.

Cord blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Most importantly, it contains a rich source of stem cells. These young stem cells are able to differentiate (change into other cells) and replicate themselves making cord blood stem cells the ideal choice for transplantation and disease treatment.

What can Cord Blood do?

As of today cord blood stem cells can undergo a process of transfusion to treat over 80 diseases including cancers, metabolic disorders, immune and blood related diseases. However, doctors see more potential and are currently researching the use of cord blood to treat other diseases including diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and so much more. HealthBanks prides itself on not only being there for parents to help them store their child’s cord blood, but also for participating in the research to help find treatments for diseases. Just check out all the research HealthBanks is involved in!

Pure

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Pure

Transplant Ready

Regenerative

Low Rejection

Easily Available

Easier to Match

What can Cord Blood do?

As of today cord blood stem cells can undergo a process of transfusion to treat over 80 diseases including cancers, metabolic disorders, immune and blood related diseases. However, doctors see more potential and are currently researching the use of cord blood to treat other diseases including diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and so much more. HealthBanks prides itself on not only being there for parents to help them store their child’s cord blood, but also for participating in the research to help find treatments for diseases. Just check out all the research HealthBanks is involved in!

Cord tissue is the actual umbilical cord itself, and it is collected by cutting off a segment of the umbilical cord after the child is born.

What is Cord Tissue?

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Cord tissue is the actual umbilical cord itself, and it is collected by cutting off a segment of the umbilical cord after the child is born. The cord tissue stem cells are separated and then stored like cord blood stem cells. In years past, cord blood was the only portion of the umbilical cord to be collected for stem cell retrieval. Now families have the option to store not only cord blood but cord tissue as well.

What can Cord Tissue do?

Cord tissue contains a different type of stem cells called mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) that are able to leverage cell therapy to differentiate into various tissues and organ cells, including cardiac, nerve, cartilage/bone, and muscle cells. Because cord tissue is still in the experimental phase, it has great future potential for the use in treatment of conditions such as cancers, heart disease, diabetes, strokes, spinal cord injuries, and more.

Cord tissue contains a different type of stem cells called mesenchymal stem cells that can leverage cell therapy to differentiate into various tissues and organ cells, including cardiac, nerve, cartilage/bone, and muscle cells.

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Disclaimer: The use of cord blood and immune cells is determined by the treating physician and manufacturer of the final products and is influenced by many factors, including the patient's medical condition, the characteristics of the sample, and whether the immune cells should be further modified or expanded. Cord blood has established uses in transplant medicine; however, its use in regenerative medicine is still being researched. There is no guarantee that potential medical applications being studied in the laboratory or clinical trials will become available. Cord tissue use is still in early research stages, and there is no guarantee that treatments using cord tissue will be available in the future. Cord tissue is stored whole. Additional processing prior to use will be required to extract and prepare any of the multiple cell types from cryopreserved cord tissue. Immune cells has established uses in certain blood cancer treatment; however, its use in solid cancer is still being researched. There is no guarantee that treatments being studied in the laboratory, clinical trials, or other experimental treatments will be available in the future.

HealthBanks cryopreserves immune cells that have been collected from an individual for potential future cellular therapy use. HealthBanks does not provide medical advice, treatment or care. The use of cryopreserved cells for future immunotherapies is not guaranteed. Much is yet unknown about the future of immunotherapy and the immune cells that have been cryopreserved. The use of cryopreserved cells by commercial manufacturers for CAR-T therapy production is not currently approved by the FDA. There is active research ongoing, however, there is no guarantee that your cryopreserved cells will have a future therapeutic use. Only your health care professional can help you evaluate whether your cells might be used and if so, how they might be used. HealthBanks and its shareholders, directors, officers, agents, employees, affiliates, network of providers and provider facilities, will not be liable to you or any other party for claims relating to sample collection or if your cells cannot be used, or if any harm, injury, damage or loss results from the use of your cells. For more information, please refer to HealthBanks Service Agreement.