The importance of Cord Blood | Episode 069

Episode summary introduction:

The first cord blood transplant was in 1989, done at a hospital in France using sibling matched cord blood to treat a 5 year-old with Fanconi Anemia, and this patient is alive and well today!

Maybe some of you have heard about cord blood or even cord blood banking. We wanted to explore this topic a little further and give you the good, bad, and indifferent. Cord blood equates to stem cells and stem cell transplants.

Topic 1:

There are 2 different options when it comes to cord blood, collect or discard.

If you choose to collect cord blood then there is another decision, do you donate to a public bank or keep it for your family through a private banking agency.

Topic 2: Couple of things to watch out for when you think about cord blood banking. There can be false claims as to what stems cells and cord blood are currently capable of treating. Misleading patients to bank cord blood for future use of treatment that is either being researched or hypothecated is wrong and illegal.

Topic 3:

A recent study done at the University of Colorado Cancer Center is showing some pretty good response when it comes to cancer patients needing bone marrow transplants.


To get more information about cord blood donation or banking, it's important that you speak with your OB/GYN. There are options if your hospital does not offer this service, however, it may take more effort. Donating cord blood can save a person's life and be able to offer them a transplant that otherwise may not have happened, especially for ethnic minorities.


University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. "Cord blood for stem cell transplant may outperform matched sibling donor." ScienceDaily. (accessed June 12, 2021).

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