News about medical implementation of “family” cord blood

At the 12th International Cellular Therapy Society (5th May 2006, Berlin) the successful treatment of 18 patients, who had cord blood transplanted, was presented.

Most transplants were derived from related donors. The results of such treatment were better than transplanting blood from unrelated donors. Recipients of related cord blood often suffer less from disorders, such as Graft versus Host Disease (GvHD). The author of this paper, J. C. Laning, MD emphasized the importance of collecting and storing cord blood for the sake of a sibling.