QUESTION: We are offered a service of preservation of our baby's umbilical cord blood, but we are in doubt. I have heard that this blood may be useful not only for the baby in the future. Is that true? How can it be useful, for example, to my husband or other our children?
ANSWER: First of all, umbilical cord blood stem cells are 100% fit for the child, but can be used in the therapy of other family members in various diseases. For baby brothers and sisters, the probability of compatibility is about 25%, for other family members the chance to combine lower, but it is also quite high.
Today stem cells of the umbilical cord blood are standard in treatment of diseases of the blood, congenital and acquired metabolic disorders, immunodeficiency states, including age changes, oncological diseases. Research is under way and is already being used in cerebral palsy, autism, multiple sclerosis, type 2 diabetes mellitus, as maintenance therapy after chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Big prospects today - with cardiovascular diseases. As you can see, the list is very large and grows with each passing day.