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Most babies are born healthy and grow up without the threat of serious disease. However, serious illness can strike without warning.
Family Link is a way to provide access to future treatment for many diseases and medical conditions. Stem cell transplant is one method of treating some major medical conditions that the child may develop up through early adulthood. Stem cells are easily obtained from the umbilical cord and placenta after delivery. Family Link will preserve these stem cells by freezing them at ultra-low temperatures.
Later, the stem cells will be available for a possibly lifesaving transplant if the child is diagnosed with leukemia or other type of cancer. Or, if disease or treatment such as chemotherapy damages or destroys blood cells, stem cells can help the body rebuild.
The frozen cord blood may be used for the child or, if it is a match, for members of the immediate family. The chances that the stem cells will be a suitable match for a child’s biological brother or sister are 1 in 4; the odds of finding a suitable match outside the family can be thousands of times greater.
Stem cells already are used to treat a variety of major diseases, and research constantly is uncovering new uses. Researchers are looking into the benefits of stem cell transplants to treat many forms of cancer, sickle cell disease and certain rare types of anemia.
With Family Link, stem cells are collected from umbilical cord blood after a child is born. Collecting the cells doesn’t interfere with the delivery or with the intimate moments between parents and a newborn. The collection procedure for Family Link is entirely painless for both mother and child. We preserve the blood cells — frozen in vapor phase nitrogen — using state-of-the-art medical technology.
With Family Link, you are taking a significant step to protect your baby’s future good health. That’s especially comforting for families with a history of cancer or other diseases.
The chance that your child could benefit from a cord blood transplant is estimated to be about 1 in 10,000. In families that have experienced certain types of life-threatening conditions, it becomes more likely that cord blood could be helpful.
The most important benefit of Family Link is knowing you are doing something significant for your child’s continued good health. Scientists believe the blood may be usable for 20 years or more, providing benefits that include:
You can also:
Source: Modified from the National Marrow Donor Program
Acute leukemiasAcute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)Acute biphenotypic leukemiaAcute undifferentiated leukemia
Chronic leukemiasChronic myelogenous leukemia (CML)Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)Juvenile chronic myelogenous leukemia (JCML)Juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML)
Myelodysplastic syndromesAmyloidsisRefractory anemia (RA)Refractory anemia with ringed sideroblasts (RARS)Refractory anemia with excess blasts (RAEB)Refractory anemia with excess blasts in transformation (RAEB-T)Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML)
Stem cell disordersAplastic anemia (severe)Fanconi anemiaParoxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH)Pure red cell aplasisCongenital cytopeniaDyskeratosis congenita
Myeloproliferative disordersAcute myelofibrosisAgnogenic myeloid metaplasia (myelofibrosis)Polycythemia veraEssential thrombocythemia
Lymphoprolifertive disordersNon-Hodgkin lymphomaHodgkin’s diseaseProlymphocytic leukemia
Phagocyte disordersChediak-Higashi syndromeChronic granulomatous diseaseNeutrophil actin deficiencyReticular dysgenesis
Inherited metabolic disorders/liposomal storage diseasesMucopolysaccharidoses (MPS)Hurler’s syndrome (MPS-IH)|Scheie syndrome (MPS-IS)Hunter’s syndrome (MPS-II)Sanfilippo syndrome (MPS-III)Morquio syndrome (MPS-IV)Maroteauz-Lamy syndrome (MPS-VI)Sly syndrome, beta-glucuronidase deficiency (MPS-VII)AdrenoleukodystrophyMucolipidosis II (I-cell disease)Krabbe diseaseGaucher’s diseaseGunther diseaseNiemann-Pick diseaseWolman diseaseMetachromatic leukodystrophyAlpha mannosidosis
Histiocytic disordersFamilial erythrophagocytic lymphohistiocytosisHistiocytosis-XHemophagocytosisLangerhans cell histiocytosis
Inherited erythrocyte abnormalitiesBeta thalassemia majorSickle cell diseaseBlackfan-Diamond anemiaPure red cell aplasia
Inherited immune system disordersAtaxia-telagiectasiaKostmannn syndromeLeukocyte adhesion deficiencyDiGeorge syndromeBare lymphocyte syndromeOmenn’s syndromeSevere combined immunodeficiency (SCID)SCID with adenosine deaminase deficiencyAbsence of T and B cells SCIDAbsence of T cells, normal B cell SCIDCommon variable immunodeficiencyWiskott-Aldrich syndromeX-linked lymphoproliferative disorder
Other inherited disordersLesch-Nyhan syndromeCartilage-hair hypoplasiaGlanzmann thrombastheniaOsteopetrosisCongenital erythropoietic porphyria
Inherited platelet abnormalitiesAmegakaryocytosis/Congenital Thrombocytopenia
Plasma cell disordersMultiple myelomaPlasma cell leukemiaWaldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia
Other malignanciesBreast cancerEwing sarcomaNeuroblastomaRenal cell carcinomaBrain tumorsOvarian cancerSmall-cell lung cancerTesticular cancer
AutoimmuneEvan syndromeMultiple sclerosis (experimental)Rheumatoid arthritis (experimental)Systemic lupus erythematosus (experimental)
Potential future applicationsAlzheimer’s diseaseDiabetesHeart diseaseLiver disease muscular dystrophyParkinson’s diseaseSpinal cord injuryStrokeChronic granulomatus disease disorderNeutrophil actin deficiencyReticular dysgenesis
Note: Any decision regarding use of a stem cell product for transplantation must always be discussed with a physician.
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