FAQ #1 – How long can cord blood be stored?
FACT: Once cryopreserved, your baby’s stem cells will remain viable for a lifetime.
FAQ #2 – Can I choose to delay cord clamping if I bank cord blood?
FACT: Yes! You can choose to delay cord clamping even if you bank cord blood and/or cord tissue. Several scientific studies have looked at the impact of delayed clamping on the number of stem cells collected. The consensus is: delayed clamping will not significantly affect the yield of stem cells that you can harvest from the cord blood.
FAQ #3 – Can stem cells be used to treat diseases other than blood diseases?
FACT: Yes! Physicians have been using cord blood transplants for more than 30 years to treat over 80 different diseases. The list includes blood disorders, metabolic disorders, immune disorders and cancers. You can find a full list of these diseases here.
In addition, there are more than 1000 clinical trials exploring the potential of using stem cells to treat neurological disorders, cancers and heart disease. Check out our clinical trials page to learn more.
FAQ #4 – What are the chances that my baby will use his/her stem cells later in life?
FACT: Since the first cord blood transplant, cord blood stem cells have been used to treat over 80 deadly diseases. With over 1000 clinical trials currently focusing on stem cells for treatment of diseases ranging from cancers to heart disease, the number of diseases treatable with stem cells will continue to rise during your child’s lifetime. Based on published data, a baby born today has an 87% chance of developing heart disease, osteoarthritis, diabetes, stroke or dementia in his/her lifetime.
These statistics coupled with the tremendous advances being made in stem cell research, it is likely that stem cells will be used to treat many more life-threatening diseases in your baby’s lifetime.
FAQ #5 – Why choose Healthcord?
FACT: Regulations for cord blood banks vary by country. It is important to choose a Health Canada registered and approved bank.
Credentials are also important. Accreditation bodies like the AABB, Health Canada and CAP (College of American Pathologists) perform regular inspections of labs to make sure they are meeting the industry standards for laboratory testing and processing. Healthcord is western Canada’s only and largest cord blood bank. Healthcord is proudly Health Canada registered and approved, AABB Accredited, and registered with the CAP cord blood proficiency testing program.