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Cord Blood Q and A


+ What is cord blood?
+ Why do we need to have cord blood donated to
    public cord blood banks?
+ What are the advantages of cord blood?
+ Why is cord blood important for ethnic minorities?
+ Are there any unfavorable aspects of cord blood?
+ What is cord blood used for?
+ How long does cord blood remain viable?


What is cord blood used for?

Cord blood has been used in the treatment of more than 80 different diseases so far. The most common disease category has been leukemia. The next largest group is inherited diseases (of red blood cells, the immune system and certain metabolic abnormalities.) Patients with lymphoma, myelodysplasia and severe aplastic anemia have also been successfully transplanted with cord blood. [Click here to see a list of diseases treated with cord blood from the NYBC's National Cord Blood Program (PDF)]

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Gayle Serls

Gayle Serls (center) received a transplant for acute lymphoblastic leukemia using cord blood from the NCBP in 1996 and remains fully recovered.