Benefits of Preserving Stem Cells | LifeCell

How Stem Cells are used

Tiny Cells with Great Potential

Stem cells are the building blocks and master cells of our body, similar to the seed of a plant.

A single seed of a tree gives rise to branches,leaves, flowers & fruits of a tree.

Our body's stem cells which are similar to a seed of a tree also have the potential to develop into many different specialised cell types such as blood cells, muscle cells, brain cells etc.,

How do Stem Cells work?

Stem cells have the ability to both replace and repair the affected functions and damaged parts of our body.

Ability to Replace

In blood and immune related conditions, stem cells work with its ability to replace. This treatment involves harvesting of stem cells from the same individual or from a donor, elimination of affected cells by chemotherapy or irradiation and re-infusion of the harvested fresh stem cells to restore the normal function.

Ability to Repair

When the organ or a tissue of a person is damaged, the ability of stem cells to repair takes the main role. As a treatment protocol, the stem cells are harvested, processed, made to multiply and then re-infused into the individual for regeneration of the damaged tissue or organ.

Growing Potential of Stem Cells

Stem cells have the potential to treat many medical conditions through replacement and repair therapies

Stem cells in replacement therapies

1.3 M+

It has the legacy of treating over 1.3 Million transplants over 50 years, with >50,000 transplants done annually, across the globe

80+ medical conditions are approved for treatment for replacement therapies such as Lymphoma, Thalassemia, Leukemia, Multiple Myeloma, Neuroblastoma etc.,

Stem cells in repair therapies

   500+

Over 500 registered clinical trials are currently underway assessing the therapeutic potential of umbilical cord stem cells.

Promising signs of clinical trials seen in conditions such as, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Type 1 Diabetes, Acquired Hearing Loss, Heart Failure etc.,

Where are these stem cells found?

Stem cells that are used to treat several medical conditions through replacement and repair therapies, are found in various parts of our body such as dental pulp, fat cells, menstrual blood, peripheral blood and bone marrow.

Umbilical Cord- A Preferred Source

Umbilical Cord, connects the mother and the baby in the womb and nourishes the baby throughout pregnancy. The stem cells from the umbilical cord, when collected and preserved at birth, is a preferred source due to:

  • Ease of collection at birth
  • Immediate access to preserved cord blood units
  • Less stringency in matching (4/6 match acceptable)
  • Youthfulness & purity
  • Preservation for a lifetime
  • Dual power of cord blood and cord tissue

Top 10 Reasons to preserve your baby’s umbilical cord stem cells

Preserving your baby's umbilical cord stem cells is a once in a lifetime opportunity that can be done only within 10 minutes after your baby's birth. We don't want you to miss this golden opportunity to grab these potent life-savers and invest them towards your family's lifetime of good health.

The probability of an individual requiring stem cells during their lifetime for transplant is 1 in 217
Till mid 2015, over 1.3 million stem cell transplants have been performed globally. Today more than 50,000 transplants are carried out annually worldwide. Hence, stem cells have a growing potential in treatment of many ailments even in the future.
India has over 1 lakh new patients each year that would need a stem cell transplant to treat blood cancers alone. The availability of donors from South Asian population are particularly low. The current wait-list of patients wanting a donor in India is over 25,000 and ~70% of them are left in despair without finding a matching donor.
India has a population of over one billion people with about 5% who can afford the best treatment, 25% who are moderately affordable with increasing income and 70% who cannot afford a stem cell transplant .
Over 500 registered clinical trials are currently underway assessing the therapeutic potential of umbilical cord stem cells. Annually, around 5000 cord blood transplants are now routinely performed.
Today, the contribution of cord blood as a source in overall stem cell transplantation is 22% and 50% in all pediatric transplants.
The odds of a child using its own cord blood stem cells by age of 20 years is 1 in 5000. However, as age increases this probability increases. Currently, 60% of all the stem cell transplants performed globally are for autologous use (self), majorly for blood- related conditions like Neuroblastoma which accounts for 50% of all cancers in babies and Multiple Myeloma which has a lifetime risk of 1 in 143.
The odds of a child using its own cord blood stem cells to treat non-blood related conditions (Regenerative Medicine)are Cerebral Palsy 1 in 300, Autism 1 in 68, Stroke 1 in 3500 births, Type 1 Diabetes 1.7 per 1000, Acquired Hearing Loss 1 in 8 (kids age 6-19) and Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome 0.2 per 1000 at birth.
Umbilical Cord Stem Cells are a preferred source of stem cells, Easy to Collect,ready to use for a lifetime when cryo-preserved, risk-free & pain-free for mom & baby younger With Better Regeneration Potential
High cost of INR 10-20 Lakhs or even more to buy 1 Unit of Cord Blood Stem Cells for transplants during times of crisis, if not preserved at birth, relative to the meagre one time preservation cost which sums up to just Rs.60,000