CellPlan Celebrates World Cord Blood Day

World Cord Blood Day

We want to turn your baby into a super-hero!

An umbilical cord blood stem cell transplant can be used to rebuild an individual’s blood and repair their immune system by replacing diseased cells.

So far, there have been approximately 35,000 cord blood stem cell transplants, and stem cells from the umbilical cord have been successfully used to treat more than 80 diseases. As an alternative to bone marrow, cord blood stem cells are especially adaptable and multi-potent, this means that the donor and recipient don’t have to be a perfect match.


Did you know a cord blood stem cell transplant Could Cost up to £300,000?

With CellPlan, stem cell treatment is accessible to all. Stem cell insurance with CellPlan offers affordable access to worldwide stem cell therapy to families.

CellPlan offers up to £1million complete and inclusive protection for your whole family:

  • Your Expert Consultation: Access to a panel of stem cell experts who will confirm diagnosis
  • Your Medical Certainty: Access to a personalised stem cell treatment plan
  • Your Family Protection: Flights, accommodation and medical expenses associated with treatment
  • Your Global Resource: Access to the best stem cell treatment globally – including in the US and Canada

If you, your baby, or a sibling is diagnosed with a blood or immune system disorder, such as leukaemia, CellPlan will take care of everything and be with you each step of the way, so you can focus on getting better.”

Applying for CellPlan insurance is easy. You can request a quote, brochure, or call back here.


World Cord Blood Day

Tomorrow CellPlan will be celebrating World Cord Blood Day. Organised by the charity Save the Cord Foundation, patients and healthcare professionals around the world hope that this breakthrough event will raise cord blood awareness, offer opportunities for quality cord blood education and ultimately, inspire more families to store life-saving cord blood.

Cord Blood began with a powerful need: the need to expand cord blood education and collection globally, so that more patients suffering from diseases of the blood and immune systems can be treated.

The first cord blood transplant to save a life was performed by Dr. Eliane Gluckman in France in 1988. The patient, a little boy suffering from Fanconi’s Anaemia, now has his own family, and since that time there have been over 35,000 cord blood transplants worldwide.

Cord blood is now used on a daily basis to treat over 80 life-threatening diseases such as leukaemia, neuroblastoma and sickle cell anaemia. Cord blood stem cells also have the potential to treat a whole range of conditions including cerebral palsy, autism and diabetes. Yet in the majority of births worldwide, cord blood is thrown away as clinical waste.

Knowledge is power and it can save a life. (#WCBD17)


Cord Blood Facts

World Cord Blood Day aims to promote the facts of cord blood, giving expectant parents the opportunity to store this precious resource:

  • ​Cord blood is the blood left in the umbilical cord and placenta following the birth of a child.
  • Cord blood is a potent and non-controversial source of stem cells.
  • Unlike embryonic stem cells (taken from an embryo), cord blood is not controversial or unethical in any way because it is only collected post-birth.
  • Cord blood has no political or religious issues.
  • Collection of cord blood poses no risks to the mother or baby.
  • The collection of cord blood does not interfere with the birthing process.
  • Cord blood stem cells are currently being used to treat and cure more than 80 life-threatening illnesses, including many cancers, immune deficiencies and genetic disorders.
  • Cord blood has many distinct advantages over bone marrow:
    • Cord blood is easier to collect, store and access quickly for a transplant.
    • There is significantly less risk of GvHD (Graft versus Host Disease) with cord blood as opposed to bone marrow.


How to participate in World Cord Blood Day 2017

On Wednesday 15th November, there will be worldwide opportunities to take part in World Cord Blood Day. Participants include FACT, Be The Match and the AABB all of whom are dedicating the day to webinars, conferences and other educational activities. In the UK, Biovault Family are offering laboratory tours and workshops to healthcare professionals and the public.

We’ve been able to show that with some of these diseases, a cord transplant rescues them from death and also improves their neurologic outcome[1] (JDr Joanne Kurtzberg)

The highlight of the day promises to be a Live Virtual Conference presented by leading researchers including cord blood stem cell pioneers Dr Eliane Gluckman and Dr Joanne Kurtzberg. In addition to lectures for health professionals, there will be special sessions dedicated to those just learning about cord blood. Expectant parents and the general public are all invited to attend.


How to store your baby’s umbilical cord blood and tissue

We partner exclusively with the best cord blood banks in the world; only these blood banks meet our stringent criteria and qualify for our Excel Global Membership Programme. Find out about banking cord blood here.

[1] http://edition.cnn.com/2017/04/05/health/autism-cord-blood-stem-cells-duke-study/index.html

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