Useful information about stem cells, the chances of needing a transplant and more.
Over 2,000 people in the UK are in need of a stem cell transplant every year.
Every day, at least 5 people start their search for a matching unrelated stem cell donor.
If you banked your newborns stem cells at birth, they won’t need a donor and will be able to use them straight away.
Only 2% of people in the UK are registered as stem cell donors to public banks.
On average, 104 people a day are diagnosed with a blood cancer.
That’s one person every 14 minutes.
A blood stem cell transplant can replace a damaged immune system in a person with blood cancer – but only if the donor’s tissue type matches.
For many people with blood cancer, a transplant is their last chance of life.
The donor and the recipient must have the same tissue type. As there are millions of different combinations, finding a suitable match is very complicated.
If you bank your newborns stem cells with us they will always be available, meaning no waiting on donor lists.
Your baby isn’t the only one who may benefit from having access to preserved newborn stem cells.
The cells can potentially be used by siblings, parents and grandparents, too. In many cord blood treatments, stem cells from a matched family member are preferred.
Your newborn will always be a 100% genetic match to their stem cells.
There’s a 75% chance of siblings being a partial match and a 50% chance of each parent being a partial match.