Stem Cell therapy is a revolutionary concept which has potential to bring revolution in approach of treatment of various diseases. This may be considered as Medical WONDER of 21st Century.
Stem cells are young, primitive and unspecialized cells with a remarkable potential to renew, differentiate and develop into any desired tissue or organ of the body. They retain the ability to self-renew and differentiate into a variety of tissues. Recent research shows that stem cells are not restricted to one lineage, but can differentiate along different lineages. This means hematopoietic (blood forming) stem cells may form heart tissues or lung tissues when subjected to suitable conditions. Further stem cells have the unique ability to integrate with the parent tissue, thus opening up a plethora of stem cell application while treating various disorders.
Your baby’s stem cells may provide numerous benefits to the baby, its siblings and the family. The application of stem cells in disorders like blood cancer, thallasemia, many immune diseases, storage disorders and numerous cancers is already established. There is a tremendous amount of excitement within the medical and scientific community regarding the potential uses of stem cells. Saving your baby’s stem cells would be useful in treating a host of ailments, ranging from innocuous to ominous and life threatening. If your child ever needs to use their cord blood as part of a life saving treatment, his/her stem cells shall provide an exact match. Siblings have up to a 50% chance of becoming a match. If you have a family history of certain types of cancer or blood disorders, cord blood banking may be a prudent decision. Stem cell research is a growing at a rapid rate with a spate of discoveries made on a regular basis. The list of diseases for which stem cell treatments are available is also growing at a fast clip. The role of stem cells in “no hope disorders” like spinal cord injuries, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Muscular Dystrophies, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, Liver Cirrhosis and many more is an especially noteworthy.
The following diseases are currently being treated with the help of stem cell therapy: