Cancers

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(…)

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 200,000 children will be diagnosed with cancer each year worldwide, unfortunately 30% of children diagnosed will lose their battle with the illness[1].  There are many forms of childhood cancer, however the most common forms are leukaemia which accounts for approximately a third of all childhood cancers, neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma, lymphoma(…)

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(…)

Stem cells help women regrow breasts after cancer surgery

Stem cells help women regrow breasts after cancer surgery

A new technique, which uses stem cells, could help women regrow breasts after cancer surgery. Experts in the UK and Melbourne University in Australia say that the new breasts look natural and feel soft to touch and are much more comfortable than silicone implants. The researchers are now in a race to bring the technology(…)

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(…)