5 Medical Conditions Cord Blood Is Used to Treat Today

Did you know that cord blood can treat over 80 medical conditions and diseases?

Cord blood refers to residual blood that’s present in the placenta and umbilical cord immediately after a baby is born. This blood can be gathered and stored to treat various types of illnesses and medical conditions.

When harvested immediately after the birth of a baby, cord blood has a number of stem cells that can take the form of other cell types in the body such as fat, liver, muscle, nerve, and blood cells.

Here are five types of medical conditions the harvested blood can treat.

1. Cancers

A number of cancer types, among them leukemia and lymphoma, can be treated with cord blood. Cancer, which can decimate a patient, is characterized by constant pain, weight loss, and fatigue. The use of cord blood as a line of treatment has given many cancer patients renewed hope.

In treating cancer, the fetal cells from cord blood trigger a rapid production of white blood cells that systematically destroy the cancerous cells. This is a huge improvement over the alternative cancer treatment of injecting immune bone marrow cells into a cancer patient.

2. Blood Disorders

Cord blood can be used to treat blood disorders such as multiple types of anemia. These disorders occur as a result of cellular structure imbalances in the body and can cause blood clots, swelling, and excessive bleeding.

Specifically, cord blood can be used to treat a variety of blood diseases such as congenital amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia, amyloidosis, essential thrombocythemia, pure red cell aplasia, and many others.

3. Metabolic Disorders

Cord blood can be used to treat metabolic disorders such as krabbe disease and hurler syndrome, which have been known to cause weight loss, seizures, and frequent body pain. These medical conditions can be life-threatening. Cord blood can be used as a treatment option for patients with other metabolic disorders as well, such as sly syndrome, tay sachs, niemann-pick disease, and lesch-nyhan syndrome, among many other conditions.

4. Immune Disorders

Cord blood can also be used to treat immune disorders such as myelokathexis and evans syndrome that cause the body to attack itself. The resulting frequent fevers and fatigue can be very debilitating. In some cases, immune disorders can be fatal. Among immune disorders that can be treated with cord blood include severe combined immunodeficiency diseases, hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, and many other medical conditions.

5. Regenerative Diseases

In recent years, cord blood has been used to treat regenerative diseases such as brain injuries and autism. This is a big step in regenerative medicine. Before this development, cord blood was only used in transplant treatments.

Regenerative medicine refers to the use of living cells to regenerate or encourage repair of disease-damaged or weakened cells. The potential of this type of treatment includes the repair or manipulation of genes, helping the body to recover after an injury or slowing the aging process by getting the body to repair or regenerate itself.

Cord blood is a life saver, literally. The possibilities of using cord blood to treat what were previously thought of as incurable diseases are immense. Besides treating over 80 diseases, there is also an increased interest in using cord blood in regenerative medicine to repair damaged cells and reboot the immune system.

The next time you are in the delivery room, insist on having your cord blood frozen and stored. It might just be that the life that will be saved by your cord blood is that of a loved one. The numerous medical conditions that cord blood is able to treat means that if all women had their cord blood frozen and stored, many of the life-threatening diseases in the world would be curable.