Immune Cell Banking FAQs
Who should consider banking their immune cells?
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.
How long can my cells be stored for/viable for?
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.
Can any other family members/relatives use my immune cells?
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.
What are the current uses of immune cells?
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.
What other diseases can my immune cells be used to treat?
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.
If I am already diagnosed with cancer is it too late to store?
Should I still store my immune cells if I have a history of cancer in my family?
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.