Cord Blood Stem Cell Transplantation
This fact sheet discusses why using cord blood for stem cell transplantation may be an option for some blood cancer patients. Topics covered inclued the advantages and disadvantages of using cord blood and how cord blood is donated, collected and stored.
Cord blood stem cells are collected from the umbilical cord and placenta after a baby is born. Cord and placental blood contain large numbers of blood-forming stem cells. The donated cord blood is screened, frozen and stored at a cord blood bank for future use if it meets screening requirements. The stored cord blood collected from the umbilical cord and placenta after a baby is born is called a "cord blood unit."