Cord Blood and Cord Tissue Stem Cells - The Differences

When you enroll to store your cord blood, you may be asked if you want to store cord tissue as well. What is the benefit of storing cord tissue? At AlphaCord, we get this question often. learn_cellHere is some information to help you understand both cord blood and tissue and why you would want to store both! Cord Blood and Hematopoietic Stem Cells Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are the cells currently being used in therapies in the United States. HSCs can reproduce into red blood cells (these carry oxygen throughout our bodies), white blood cells (these fight off infections), and platelets (these create clots, preventing us from bleeding excessively). These Hematopoietic stem cells are currently being used in therapies for cancers including leukemia and lymphoma, in blood disorders such as amenia, immune disorders, and metabolic disorders. In addition to these approved therapies, there are many other types of therapies for other disorders currently in clinical trials. home_whartons_jellyCord Tissue and Mesenchymal Stem Cells Cord tissue, or Wharton’s Jelly, contains Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). These are the stem cells that can turn into different types of cells in your body. MSCs can become osteoblasts (bone cells), chondrocytes (cartilage cells), and adipocytes (fat cells). While not being used in therapies right now, there are currently hundreds of clinical trials being done using these MSC stem cells. Some of the trials being done are therapies helping those with heart disease, stroke, spinal cord injury, cartilage injury, liver disease, and diabetes. To speak to one of AlphaCord's representatives about storing your baby's cord blood and tissue call 404.315.6500. Disclaimer: AlphaCord does not endorse or make recommendations with respect to research, medications, or treatment. All information provided is for informational purposes only and does not replace professional medical advice.