Why should I store my child's cord tissue too?
Ok. I understand that cord blood treatments are well established. Why should I bother saving my baby's cord tissue too?
There are a number of reasons why saving your newborn's tissue also make sense.
Firstly, although unusual, sometimes nature dictates that there's simply not enough cord blood in the umbilical cord at birth to justify cryopreservation. Only a small amount of blood is actually needed, but if you've only opted to save your child's cord blood and there doesn't happen to be enough then you've missed the precious opportunity to save any kind of stem cells from your child's birth.
Additionally the types of stem cells in cord blood and cord tissue are fundamentally different. The haemotopoetic stem cells (HSCs) found in cord blood are used to treat a wide variety of blood cancers and diseases. The mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) found in cord tissue are currently being used to treat different types of diseases and disorders.
Treatments using HSCs are far more well established but much of the newer research and development of stem cell application is in respect to MSCs. They are actually being used in trials to complement and support treatment using HSCs. If HSCs are being used for allogenic transplants (for example, for a sibling), MSCs may help reduce the incidence of graft-versus-host disease (GvH) to reduce the chance of rejection of treatments in cases where there is not a 100% tissue match.
Whilst treatments using MSCs are indeed predominantly at clinical trial stages our chosen laboratory, FutureHealth, has already successfully released MSCs for the treatment of cerebral palsy and Xxx to clients.