Physicians have been using cord blood for more than 30 years. It is one of the most commonly used sources of hematopoietic stem cells for treating blood cancers (such as leukaemia), blood disorders, immune system disorders and metabolic disorders. As of today, hematopoietic stem cell transplants are used to treat over 80 different life-threatening diseases.
Scientists around the world are exploring the utility of hematopoietic stem cells as a treatment option for conditions including diabetes, heart disease and autism spectrum disorder. The uses of cord blood will continue to expand and it will likely become a therapeutic option for many other diseases in the lifetime of your baby.