Blood Disorders

Childhood Cancer and Cord Blood

Childhood Cancer and Cord Blood

Childhood cancer is a parent’s worst nightmare, however, childhood cancer is rare.  Additionally, the days where any diagnosis of childhood cancer is a terminal diagnosis are long gone.  Today the vast majority of children survive as a result of an improvement in diagnosis and treatments.  Especially relevant is the introduction of stem cell transplants.  Cord(…)

Fanconi Anaemia: Appeal For More Cord Blood Donors

Fanconi Anaemia: Appeal For More Cord Blood Donors

Fanconi Anaemia: Sam Fletcher of Whalley, Lancashire is appealing for more women to come forward and donate their baby’s umbilical cords after his son’s life was saved by a stem cell transplant using umbilical cord blood. When Sam Fletcher’s son, Charlie, fell ill with rare genetic disease Fanconi Anaemia he described it as the “most(…)

Combating Sickle Cell Disease with Cord Blood Stem Cells

Combating Sickle Cell Disease with Cord Blood Stem Cells

June 19 is designated as World Sickle Cell Day. The international observance provides an opportunity to heighten awareness of the formidable public health challenge presented by the common, non-malignant blood disorder. Sickle cell disease is a genetic disorder in which the body produces abnormally shaped red blood cells. The sickled or c-shaped red blood cells(…)

Cord Blood Cured Me – Amanda Canale

Cord Blood Cured Me – Amanda Canale

Cord Blood Cured Me In the 1970s, researchers discovered that a newborn’s umbilical cord blood contained special stem cells that could help certain diseases. More than 30 years later, doctors are still experimenting with, learning more about and perfecting the use of cord blood. Amanda Canale doesn’t take time with her daughter and niece for(…)

Donated umbilical cord blood stem cells ‘save’ leukaemia man

Donated umbilical cord blood stem cells ‘save’ leukaemia man

A man who was given 18 months to live after being diagnosed with leukaemia has said his life has been saved by stem cells taken from umbilical cords. David Pyne, from Baguley, Manchester, was given a transplant of cells donated following births in France and the US. The 60-year-old, who is in remission, was forced(…)