Currently stem cells from the peripheral blood and cord blood (adult blood stem cells) are widely used in the treatment of blood cancers. The number of people suffering from blood cancer is increasing every year. Leading specialists in the field of blood cancer research are striving to develop treatments for this disease.
Based on our belief in innovative treatment methods, our charity “Leukaemia & Myeloma Research UK”, has decided to develop a free stem cell storage service to qualifying families, “Model Cell Biobank”, to promote the concept of biological insurance at a national level.
What is biological health insurance?
This is where you store your child’s umbilical cord blood stem cells at the time of birth, in case they or another member of the family needs them in the future to help in the treatment of a disease. It may be possible to use the stem cells to treat blood cancers or in emerging therapies to treat diseases such as diabetes, cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s Disease. Clinical trials are being performed all over the world looking at the potential use of stem cells to treat new diseases and hopefully further breakthroughs.