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List Of Diseases That Can Be Treated With Cord Blood Regenerative Stem Cells

List Of Diseases That Can Be Treated With Cord Blood Regenerative Stem Cells

Written By Pooja Rajesh - February 12, 2024
Read Time - 4 min read

Are you looking forward to the addition of a little bundle of joy into your lives? We understand the millions of emotions and worries you must be going through at this time. As expecting parents, you must be in the dilemma of whether or not to preserve your child’s umbilical cord blood for its invaluable regenerative stem cells. But, would you believe us if we tell you that the stem cells in umbilical cord blood can protect your child and family. Stunned? 

This blog will unfold the mysteries of how regenerative stem cells can protect you and your baby from numerous life-threatening diseases. Read on to learn more.

Understanding The Potential Of Preserving Cord Blood

A few years back, 97% of cord blood was thrown out as medical waste.1 But, in the past 10 years, scientists have recognised the potential of umbilical cord blood for regenerative and therapeutic uses to guard your baby from over  80 deadly diseases.2 

It is interesting to note that the US FDA approves the use of cord blood for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation procedures that treat diseases like blood disorders, blood cancers, immune deficiency conditions, and metabolic disorders 3. This is why many parents are making a conscious decision to preserve this ‘holy grail’ of life after delivery. Let us now understand what regenerative stem cells are.

What Are Stem Cells?

Stem cells are the specialized cells found throughout the body that can potentially grow and differentiate into other specialized cells. 2 There are various kinds of regenerative stem cells including: embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells, fetal stem cells and umbilical cord stem cells. 2

This blog focuses on the potential use of umbilical cord blood stem cells. These stem cells are retrieved from the umbilical cord blood of a newborn 4 and contain hematopoietic stem cells, which can differentiate into all types of blood cells. Given the unique and self-renewing ability of cord blood stem cells, they are used in numerous therapeutic treatments for many critical diseases and the following is a list of the same. 5 

What Diseases Can Be Cured With Cord Blood Stem Cells?

Here is the full FDA-approved list of diseases 6 that have been permitted to be treated by cord blood in the past three decades.

Cancers Blood Disorders Immune Disorders Metabolic Disorders
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Acute Myelofibrosis Ataxia-Telangiectasia Adrenoleukodystrophy
Acute Myelogenous Leukemia Agnogenic Myeloid Metaplasia Bare Lymphocyte Syndrome Hunter’s Syndrome
Acute Biphenotypic Leukemia Amyloidosis Cartilage-Hair Hypoplasia Hurler’s Syndrome
Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Congenital Dyserythropoietic Anaemia Chediak-Higashi Syndrome Krabbe Disease
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Acute Undifferentiated Leukemia Congenital Amegakaryocytosis Thrombocytopenia Chronic Granulomatous Disease Metachromatic Leukodystrophy
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia Aplastic Anemia Common Variable Immunodeficiency Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome
Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Beta Thalassemia Major DiGeorge Syndrome Metachromatic Leukodystrophy
Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia Diamond Blackfan Anaemia Erythropoietic Porphyria Morquio Syndrome
Multiple Myeloma Essential Thrombocythemia Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis Mucolipidosis
Medulloblastoma Fanconi Anemia Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome Niemann-Pick Disease
Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia Glanzmann Thrombasthenia Infantile Genetic Agranulocytosis (Kostmann Syndrome) Osteopetrosis
Plasma Cell Leukemia Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria Lymphoproliferative Disorders Sandhoff Disease
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Polycythemia Vera Lymphoproliferative Disorders-X linked Sanfilippo Syndrome
Neuroblastoma Pure Red Cell Aplasia Myelokathexis Scheie Syndrome
Retinoblastoma Refractory Anemia with Excess Blasts Neutrophil Actin Deficiency Sly Syndrome
  Refractory Anemia Omenn Syndrome Wolman Disease
  Refractory Anemia with Excess Blasts In Transformation Reticular Dysgenesis  
  Refractory Anemia with Ringed Sideroblast Pearson’s Syndrome  
  Sickle Cell Disease SCID (X-linked)  
    SCID with absence of normal B cells and T-cells  
    SCID with absence of T and B cells  
    Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome  
    Systemic Mastocytosis  
    Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome  

Given its infinite potential, stem cells continue to spark curiosity and hope in the scientific and healthcare community. You’ll be surprised to discover the statistics and the possibilities of regenerative stem cells in therapeutic medicines. Let us have a look at them here.

Statistics For Stem Cell Therapy

  1. Human fetal stem cells have been used worldwide to treat various conditions since 1928. Italy documented a form of fetal tissue transplantation in a medical journal to treat human cancer and diabetes, i.e. uncontrolled levels of blood glucose. 7, 8
  2. Currently 50,000 stem cell transplants take place annually worldwide with a growth rate of 10-15% per year. 9
  3. Leukemia, or blood cancer, is the most common childhood cancer diagnosed worldwide and in India. 10
  4. Over 17,000 blood cancer patients had been treated successfully with stem cell transplants till 2010. 11

Regenerative stem cells offer huge potential in understanding the mechanisms of human development, and hold great promise to treat a wide range of deadly diseases. Therefore, collecting the precious cord blood stem cells at the time of birth is more important than you may think. Are you an expectant parent looking out for a stem cell banking solution? LifeCell is here to help you.

LifeCell: India’s First And Largest Stem Cell Bank

At LifeCell, we understand that the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of collecting and banking your newborn’s cord blood regenerative stem cells cannot be wasted. Did you know that while stem cells have the potential to treat over 90  diseases and blood disorders, less than  10% of these conditions can be effectively treated with one's own stem cells? The remaining >90% of these conditions require stem cells from a matching donor. Thus, abridging this gap, LifeCell provides a seamless  stem cell banking opportunity combining the benefits of both  public and private banking models- ‘The Community Stem Cell Banking’.

This unique program offers cord blood storage at an affordable annual fee, and adds the baby's stem cells to a shared pool accessible not only to the baby but also to their parents, siblings, and grandparents on both sides of the family. With a vast inventory of over 60,000 certified cord blood units, LifeCell community banking provides a greater than 97% likelihood of locating an HLA-matched cord blood unit for patients in need.

Additionally, their Pentastarch technology allows for higher stem cell recovery and removes 99% of red blood cells, saving costs and reducing recovery time. 12  Overall, LifeCell's community stem cell banking program is a comprehensive solution for families to protect themselves against a wide range of diseases and disorders.

Learn how to proceed with the preservation of umbilical cord blood stem cell on our website- 

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