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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Immune Cell Banking FAQs

Anyone who is healthy should consider banking their immune cells while they are still young and healthy. Because cancer is often affected by genetic predisposition, those with a family history of cancer will have a higher chance of cancer and should consider banking their immune cells before showing any signs.

In theory, indefinitely. Once cells are at -196°C the cells are metabolically inactive, and ‘suspended in time’ practically forever. Life resumes again when the cells are thawed from cryogenic freeze. Scientific cell-banking data over the last 70 years supports this method of long-term storage, and its ongoing viability.

Unfortunately not. Due to the difference in the major histocompatibility antigen which causes graft rejection between different individuals, you can only use your cells for yourself.

Currently, T-cell immunotherapy approved FDA known as CAR T-cell therapy is being used for advanced B-cell lymphoma. As of 2019, there are also more than 800 ongoing clinical trials using CAR T-cell therapy to treat over 40 different solid and blood cancers.

Scientific medical literature supports the use of immune cell therapy for almost any type of cancer. It has also shown promising results for patients with Alzheimer’s and Diabetes.

Unfortunately, we do not accept clients for cell-banking services post cancer diagnosis at this time. However, we will work with survivors who have been “all-clear” of the disease for a minimum of five (5) years. We plan to offer alternative services to help post-diagnosed patients store immune cells prior to going into chemo- and radiation therapy in the future.

Absolutely. Our immune system begins to decline over time. This decline happens even more rapidly in individuals who have a genetic predisposition to cancer (as well as other diseases). Individuals who face a higher risk of disease should bank their immune cells while they are still relatively healthy.