After receiving unusual stem cell transplant, Coppell toddler comes home from hospital

By STACI HUPP, The Dallas Morning News

Caden Ledbetter's stem cell transplant in December was a test of modern medicine. The six weeks of blood transfusions, fevers and fits that followed, all in an isolated hospital room, was a test of the Coppell toddler's spirit. In the latter battle, Caden came out a winner Monday. Doctors released the 2-year-old from Medical City Dallas Hospital, where he spent nearly two months in treatment for neuroblastoma, which is a fast-growing cancer of the nervous system...

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Are related donors better for transplants?

In general sibling donors are better than unrelated donors for stem cell transplants.
The exact comparison depends on the patient's diagnosis and the stage of disease. The two important measures of patient outcome after a stem cell transplant are: long-term survival, and the amount of graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) that the patient suffers.

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Cord blood banking remains 'personal decision'

Cord blood can be used to treat a variety of diseases, including leukemia, by increasing the body’s natural immune system and increasing healthy blood count. A genetic match, either from the donor or a sibling, increases the chances of success.

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Cord Blood Banking Saves Missouri Girl's Life

By Rebecca Lewis

Frances was cured by her own cord blood. Doctors once suggested her parents take her home to die, but a young Auckland girl's winning determination to fight off cancer - and the unique treatment that helped - is now being used to save other lives...

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Cord Blood Banking turns medical waste into liquid gold

The thought or sight of blood can make many people feel squeamish or faint, but for new parents a conversation about blood cannot always be avoided. The impact of cord blood banking been so large that July has been declared National Cord Blood Awareness Month and 27 states, including Wisconsin, mandate cord blood donation education. This remarkable 30-year-old medical science already has life-altering applications for a variety of illnesses, and ongoing clinical trials continue to explore future possibilities. But why?

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Sibling umbilical cord blood stem cells conveyed warmth of life

Elham, a 12-year-old girl from Isfahan, Iran, was diagnosed with the ALL form of leukemia in 2014. Since then she underwent chemotherapy three times as the main treatment method, but it turned out to be all in vain. She was cured by a stem cell transplant from her baby sister’s umbilical cord blood.


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Toddler to be stem cell pioneer


A Lewisville toddler suffering from a rare form of cancer will be the first person to undergo a stem cell surgery that uses his own blood.  Craig Civale reports.

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What is Cord Blood Banking

September 25, 2017

Umbilical cord blood banking has become increasingly popular in recent years, with a number of businesses both public and private offering the service. It’s a relatively new concept, and there’s uncertainty about its overall value and whether it’s worth considering for a newborn child. We discuss the technology, its implementation, and how and why people are opting to store this blood for years — or decades.

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