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What are stem cells?
Stem Cells are the building blocks of life. They have the unique ability to differentiate into other cell types, and therefore can rebuild organs, tissue, blood systems, and the immune system. Stem cell transplants are used to treat people whose stem cells have been damaged by disease or the treatment of a disease, or as a way to have the donor’s immune system fight a blood disorder such as leukemia. Patients requiring a stem cell transplant can access stem cells from three sources: umbilical cord blood, bone marrow, and peripheral blood (blood circulating throughout the body). Stem cells from bone marrow and peripheral blood exist in all healthy adults, but stem cells from these locations are more difficult to match for a transplant patient.  Cord blood stem cells, which are harvested and stored at birth, are much easier to match because the immune cells are not developed. Stem cells are at the forefront of one of the most fascinating and revolutionary areas of biology today, and scientists are constantly discovering new uses for them. They hold the potential of allowing researchers to grow and rejuvenate specific cells or tissues, which may ultimately be used to treat major diseases like heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s.
Where do you get the stem cells?
Actually human umbilical cord blood is the richest and most viable source of the high quality stem cell. What is Cord Blood? Share More Cord Blood contains stem cells that can save lives The blood left in the umbilical cord after the baby is born, and after the cord is cut, is called cord blood. Cord blood is unique in that it offers a controversy-free way of obtaining stem cells that is quick and painless. More importantly, these stem cells can reconstitute an immune system, and have the ability to treat, repair, and/or replace damaged cells in the body. Cord blood is abundant in Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs), which are blood-forming stem cells, similar to those contained within bone marrow. Cord blood offers a number of advantages over bone marrow for donors and transplant recipients. It is much easier to collect, often more likely to provide a suitable match than bone marrow stem cells, and stored frozen so it is ready to use. Whereas a bone marrow transplant requires a patient-donor match of 6 out of 6 (or 100%), studies find that cord blood transplants are just as successful with a patient-donor match of 4 out of 6 (or 67%). Cord blood stem cells are currently used to treat patients with immune system and blood diseases including leukemia and lymphoma. Cord Blood Facts Likelihood of an Exact or Partial Match with a Family Member: Match for Donor/Child = 100% Exact Match for Sibling = 25% Exact, 50% Partial Match for Parent = 50% Partial
Why bank stem cells, is it worth the price and effort?
It’s like an insurance policy, a safety net, an unexpected opportunity. Science is constantly crossing new frontiers. The latest is the use of stem cells for almost any disease you can think of. Imagine a cell that can merge with your own current cells in your body, and accelerate the healing process Cord blood banking is the simple process of safely and securely storing the blood within your child’s umbilical cord, as well as the tissue from the cord itself. A life-giving opportunity that happens only at the time of a birth, it offers a powerful medical resource in fighting devastating chronic and acute diseases. Banking your baby’s stem cells offers a unique opportunity to provide protection and security for your family. By choosing to bank your baby’s cord blood and tissue with NECBB, you will preserve your family’s chance to potentially use it as a part of a treatment therapy for over eighty diseases, including various cancers, genetic diseases, blood disorders, and immune system deficiencies. Here are a few key reasons why so many parents are now choosing to bank their child’s cord blood and cord tissue: ◦Saving these stem cells offers the potential to save your baby’s or another family member’s life ◦Banking is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity available immediately after birth ◦The cord blood and cord tissue collection process is simple and painless to the baby and mother ◦30%-70% of people who need bone marrow transplants cannot find a match, whereas banking your baby’s stem cells improves the odds of having a proper match for your baby or another family member ◦Medical advances are allowing stem cells to treat even more diseases and be used in more transplant cases than current medical practices Treatment with Cord Blood Stem Cells Stem cells are at the forefront of one of the most fascinating and revolutionary areas of biology today. Doctors recognize that stem cells can help treat numerous diseases by generating healthy new cells and tissue. There are a wide range of diseases that are treatable with cord blood, including stem cell disorders, acute and chronic forms of leukemia, myeloproliferative disorders, and many more. In addition to the host of conditions that can now be treated, it’s the potential of cord blood that holds the most excitement as research continues to uncover new possibilities. The efficacy of treating disease with cord blood stem cells is real. Beyond their potential to grow and rejuvenate specific cells or tissues, which can ultimately be used to treat a host of diseases, cord blood stem cells are currently being used to treat more than eighty acute and chronic diseases today. Diseases That Can be Treated by Stem Cell Transplantation: ◦Stem Cell Disorders ◦Aplastic Anemia (Severe) ◦Fanconi Anemia ◦Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH) ◦Acute Leukemias ◦Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) ◦Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) ◦Acute Biphenotypic Leukemia ◦Acute Undifferentiated Leukemia ◦Chronic Leukemias ◦Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) ◦Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) ◦Juvenile Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (JCML) ◦Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML) ◦Myeloproliferative Disorders ◦Acute Myelofibrosis ◦Agnogenic Myeloid Metaplasia (myelofibrosis) ◦Polycythemia Vera ◦Essential Thrombocythemia ◦Myelodysplastic Syndromes ◦Refractory Anemia (RA) ◦Refractory Anemia with Ringed Sideroblasts (RARS) ◦Refractory Anemia with Excess Blasts (RAEB) ◦Refractory Anemia with Excess Blasts in Transformation (RAEB-T) ◦Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia (CMML) ◦Lymphoproliferative Disorders ◦Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma ◦Hodgkin’s Disease ◦Prolymphocytic Leukemia ◦Inherited Erythrocyte Abnormalities ◦Beta Thalassemia Major ◦Pure Red Cell Aplasia ◦Sickle Cell Disease ◦Cartilage-Hair Hypoplasia ◦Glanzmann Thrombasthenia ◦Osteopetrosis ◦Other Malignancies ◦Breast Cancer ◦Ewing Sarcoma ◦Neuroblastoma ◦Renal Cell Carcinoma ◦Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia ◦Other Inherited Disorders ◦Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome ◦Liposomal Storage Diseases ◦Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) ◦Hurler Syndrome (MPS-IH) ◦Scheie Syndrome (MPS-IS) ◦Hunter’s Syndrome (MPS-II) ◦Sanfilippo Syndrome (MPS-III) ◦Morquio Syndrome (MPS-IV) ◦Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome (MPS-VI) ◦Sly Syndrome, Beta-Glucuronidase Deficiency (MPS-VII) ◦Adrenoleukodystrophy ◦Mucolipidosis II (I-cell Disease) ◦Krabbe Disease ◦Gaucher’s Disease ◦Niemann-Pick Disease ◦Wolman Disease ◦Metachromatic Leukodystrophy ◦Histiocytic Disorders ◦Familial Erythrophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis ◦Histiocytosis-X ◦Hemophagocytosis ◦Phagocyte Disorders ◦Chediak-Higashi Syndrome ◦Chronic Granulomatous Disease ◦Neutrophil Actin Deficiency ◦Reticular Dysgenesis ◦Congenital Immune System Disorders ◦Ataxia-Telangiectasia ◦Kostmann Syndrome ◦Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency ◦DiGeorge Syndrome ◦Bare Lymphocyte Syndrome ◦Omenn’s Syndrome ◦Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) ◦SCID with Adenosine Deaminase Deficiency ◦Absence of T & B Cells SCID ◦Absence of T Cells, Normal B Cell SCID ◦Common Variable Immunodeficiency ◦Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome ◦X-Linked Lymphoproliferative Disorder ◦Inherited Platelet Abnormalities ◦Amegakaryocytosis / Congenital Thrombocytopenia ◦Plasma Cell Disorders ◦Multiple Myeloma
Why choose Stem Cell Lab to provide the services?
First of all, we are part of one of the most prestigious and long standing Research Laboratories in the U.S.A. Reliable Research Laboratory. Most storage facilities use out sourcing to fulfill client needs. We do not. We are a lab within a lab. As a branch of Reliable Research Laboratory, we have the capability to use our expert and seasoned staff to process, ship and store the samples. Under One Roof in our Clinical Laboratory in Miami Gardens Florida . Once your child’s cord blood and tissue arrive at our lab in Miami, Florida, they do not leave again unless you need access sometime in the future. Our corporate headquarters, our customer service staff, our processing lab, and our cryogenic storage facility are all in the same location. When your blood and tissue arrive, it will be processed and cryopreserved by a team of highly-trained technicians. Automated Processing with Sepax 2 Stem Cell Lab uses the state-of-the-art Sepax 2 automated processing system from Biosafe to process the cord blood and ensure maximum stem cell recovery. Using this automated processing system allows us to retrieve the greatest number of stem cells from the cord blood sample, resulting in up to a 98% cell recovery rate (one of the highest in the industry). Many of the other cord blood banks do not use this automated processing system – and thus result in a lower cell recovery rate. Secure Cryogenic Storage Once your stem cells are processed and prepared for storage, they are moved down the hall to our cryogenic storage room. The foundation of our company is rooted in securely storing human cells and tissue. It is the core service our company was founded on, and it is what we continue to be depended on for every day. Stem Cell Labs cryogenic facilities are state-of-the-art and specially designed to ensure maximum security and protection. Our storage containers can maintain their internal temperatures within one degree for up to thirty days in case of a power failure. We are further protected from power outages by a redundant, on-site electric generator system. Additionally, our facility includes on-site storage of liquid nitrogen, eliminating the need for costly deliveries and the handling of smaller refill containers, more factors that help us control expenses and keep our service affordable. Storing your cord blood with Stem Cell Lab guarantees that it will be safe and available whenever you may need it.
How much will this cost ?
Since the use of stem cells continues to grow, kkstrives to make stem cell preservation more affordable every day. Not only do we offer different storage options but we also offer payment plans and renewal plans that fit your budget. Cord Blood Plans Enrollment is part of every plan which includes: •Collection kit ($300.00* non-refundable) •Umbilical Cord Blood Processing •Umbilical Cord Blood Testing •Maternal Blood Testing Enrollment and 1 Year Storage $1,795.00* Enroll Enrollment and 5 Years Storage $2,195.00 Enrollment and 10 Years Storage $2,695.00 Enrollment and 20 Years Storage $3,595.00* Enroll Anual Fee: $125.00 Payment Plans Available. Cord Tissue Segment Plans Enrollment and 1 Year Storage $500.00* Enroll Enrollment and 5 Years Storage $800.00* Enroll Enrollment and 10 Years Storage $1,300.00* Enroll Enrollment and 20 Years Storage $1,900.00* Enroll Anual Fee: $250.00 Payment Plans Available. Dental Pulp Plans Enrollment is part of every plan which includes: •Collection kit ($300.00* non-refundable) •Processing •Testing •Storage of 1 – 4 teeth (shipped together) Enrollment and 1 Year Storage $695.00* Enroll Enrollment and 5 Years Storage $1,095.00* Enroll Enrollment and 10 Years Storage $1,495.00* Enroll Enrollment and 20 Years Storage $2,295.00* Enroll Adipose Tissue Services For pricing call: 1-888-994-3632 or contact us here. Biorepository Services For pricing call: 1-888-994-3632 or contact us here. Discounts •Healthcare Providers (OB/GYN Professionals): $150.00* off standard pricing •Clients Delivering Twin Babies: $100.00* off standard pricing. •Clients Delivering Triplets: $200.00* off standard pricing •GeneCell Clients with Second Pregnancy/Repeat Clients: 1 year storage free (currently valued at $125.00*) For more information call: 1-888-994-3632 or contact us here. *Prices are only valid for the US market