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Anyone who is healthy should consider banking their immune cells while they are still young & healthy. Because cancer is often affected by genetic predisposition, those with a family history of cancer will have a higher chance of cancer & should consider banking their immune cells before showing any signs. Sign up to get our free informational booklet!
HOW CAN HEALTHBANKS HELP?
HealthBanks offers comprehensive immune cell banking options. Our state-of-the-art automated processing technology & world-class customer service allow us to provide the best immune cell banking experience in the industry. As the only dual bank in the US for both immune cells from adults & stem cells from a newborn’s umbilical cord, you can trust your family’s precious cells with our team. Using FDA-approved collection materials & state-of-the-art automated technology, HealthBanks makes immune cell banking accessible & affordable. Our goal is to ensure as many Americans as possible can take advantage of this lifesaving procedure.
Our immune systems are programmed to protect us from new threats, but our ability to fight these infections declines rapidly as we grow older. By taking proactive steps now, individuals can use a process known as immune cell banking to store their own youthful cells for future usage to combat or reconstitute the body’s protection against disease.
What is Immune Cell Banking?
Immune cell banking is a process that allows proactive individuals to store their healthy immune cells in case they need them later in life or when their system is compromised. Immune cells are collected from the individual’s own body through a simple blood draw and stored for safekeeping with the goal of using them later in life when their immune system might be compromised.
How Does Immune Cell Banking Work?
The idea of immune cell banking is to isolate white blood cells, including T-cells and other immune cells, from peripheral blood. For the collected immunity cells to be useful for immunotherapy purposes, they need to be collected in a state of high purity, while individuals are healthy. Once isolated, the cells can be stored using cryopreservation.
If you’d like to start the process of preserving your immune cells, our team would be happy to help you every step of the way. We understand how important immune cell banking is for your family & are here to answer every question you have about the process.
How Long Can Cells Be Stored For?
Once collected, the cells for immune cell banking can last practically forever. Research shows that when cells are frozen at -196°C, they enter a state of metabolic inactivity for an indefinite period. The cells will then return to life once they are released from this state of cryogenic freezing.
What Are Immune Cells Used For?
The most common usage of immune cell banking is for cancer-related immunotherapy. The use of chemotherapy and radiation can result in the loss of a lifetime’s worth of immunity. The solution may be found with cryopreserving one’s immune cells to be available for future therapies or illnesses.
Current Use of Immune Cells?
Currently as of October 2022, there are six FDA approved T-cell immunotherapy procedure known as CAR T-cell therapy. As of October 2022, there are also more than 1,100 ongoing clinical trials using CAR T-cell therapy to treat over 40 different solid & blood cancers along with other diseases. 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, Diabetes, HIV & others. Research clearly shows that genetic predispositions often influence cancer. That means those with a family history of the disease should make sure they store their immune cells while they are healthy before any signs of the disease show up.
An amazing story that shows the success of immune cell therapy is Emily Whitehead, the world’s first pediatric patient who received a special type of therapy to treat her cancer. As a 5-year-old, Emily was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at Penn State Health in Pennsylvania. A few months after her diagnosis, her condition worsened so much that she was no longer eligible to receive a transplant.
It was around that time that the FDA had approved a Phase 1 clinical trial for CAR T-Cell Therapy in children. Faced with the peculiar situation, her family decided to enroll in the clinical trial. 23 days after treatment, a bone marrow test showed that all of the cancer was gone! 10 years later, Emily remains cancer-free which is amazing news for everyone & especially so for those who decide to preserve their baby’s cord blood & tissue. Read about her story on People.com by clicking here.
Can Other Family Members or Relatives Use the Cells?
Unfortunately no, you cannot use the cells stored in immune cell banking from your body for other people, even if they are a family member. These cells are specific to an individual’s body, meaning they will not work for anyone else.
What Happens When the Cells Are Needed?
Doctors can request the immune system cells at any time to treat different illnesses. One of the immune cell banking units will be retrieved from storage, and arrangements will then made for them to be sent off to the treating therapist.
Is Immune Cell Banking Really Worth It?
Immune cell banking is an investment in your health that can be likened to taking out an insurance policy. The more you take proactive steps now, the better off you will be for when the need arises. If you’d like to read more about this topic, we invite you to visit Bioinformant’s October 2022 article titled “Is Storing Your Immune Cells Really Worth It?” linked here.
How do I Get Started With Immune Cell Banking?
Reach out to us. We specialize in immune cell banking & are happy to discuss the process of enrolling with you. Immune cell banking is one of those services you hope you never have to use but will happy you did if you ever need it. Take the time now to make an investment in your future. Contact us today to get started.