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« Thread started on: Oct 16th, 2006, 06:38am »

Feds promote donation of umbilical cords
By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press Writer
Mon Oct 16, 4:26 AM ET

The federal government is moving aggressively to create the first national banking system for umbilical cord blood, which contains the same potentially lifesaving stem cells as bone marrow but with a distinct advantage.

They don't require that the donor and recipient share the same group of genes essential to getting a transplant to take. As a result, they are less likely to be rejected by the recipient.

"We can find donors for everyone. When I say everyone, upward of 90 percent," Dr. John Wagner said.

The number sounds comforting, but it masks a harsh reality. Wagner can screen 6 million people worldwide in search of a perfect bone marrow match for one of his leukemia patients. Yet, finding that match is often impossible.

"Sixty percent, if not more, can't go on because they can't find a donor," said Wagner, who works at the University of Minnesota Cancer Center.

Nevertheless, prospects may improve in coming years for the 15,000 blood cancer patients each year who can't find suitable transplants.

Last year, the Institute of Medicine took note of the promise of cord blood in a report that called for more federal funding to increase supply and to make it easier for doctors to find the best match for their patients.

The federal government is taking steps to fulfill those recommendations.

The Health Resources and Services Administration recently awarded contracts totaling nearly $10 million to coordinate cord blood donations and to monitor the outcome of transplants.

And, any day now, the agency will award about $14 million to public cord blood banks around the country. The goal: Increase the supply of cord blood donations from 50,000 to 150,000.

The increased supply is particularly important for minority patients. Most bone marrow donors are white, so bone marrow donations mostly help white recipients.

"The problem has been lack of access, lack of diverse specimens and just a gross lack of capacity," said Rep. Chris Smith, (R)N.J., who cosponsored the legislation that authorized the funding. "The utilization rates for cord blood are going to skyrocket."

The New York Blood Center is one of the public banks competing for the money. The center has perhaps the largest collection of cord blood units in the world about 35,000 units. Most of the nearly two dozen public banks rely on private donations to operate.

"In our case, since we've built up such a large inventory, it's just about breakeven," said Dr. Robert Jones, the center's president.

But, for smaller cord blood banks, it's often tougher to make ends meet, he said.

"Now, they'll have the dollars to get started or to expand their inventory," he said.

Jones said that processing a unit of cord blood costs between $1,000 and $2,000, depending on how it is collected and stored, and the location of the bank itself. The federal funding won't pay the full collection cost, but the subsidy should be enough to substantially expand the cord blood supply, Jones said.

Jones doesn't anticipate that collecting thousands of new donations will pose a problem. Many women would be glad to donate their child's umbilical cord to a public bank, but have no way of doing so. Their opportunity for donation will surely expand as new banks open and others expand. His company, for example, has three new hospitals coming online as collection points in the next year.

Overall, Congress authorized spending up to $15 million a year on cord blood collections over the next four years. An additional $19 million has already been appropriated.

Besides expanding collections, the government will fund the development of an information center for cord blood donations. The center will allow doctors to make one phone call to find the best match for a patient, regardless of where in the country the blood is stored. That money was awarded last month to the National Marrow Donor Program in Minneapolis.

Also, the Medical College of Wisconsin won a contract worth more than $6 million to analyze the outcomes of blood stem cell transplants.

"For us to understand how good cord blood is compared to marrow, we need to have a central data base that collects data on every one, every marrow recipient, every cord blood recipient," Wagner said. "This will allow us to really understand how well cord blood works for every individual type of disease, for every different population of patients."

Wagner, who served on the medical team that performed the first cord blood transplant in the world for a leukemia patient, said scientists are just now learning about the potential benefits of cord blood stem cells.

So far, only about 8,000 cord blood transplants have been performed worldwide, he estimated, but that number is growing quickly. Scientists are also learning new ways to use the cord blood stem cells. For instance, doctors are combining cord blood units to allow for the treatment of adults. Primarily, cord blood transplants have been reserved for children because the amount of stem cells in a single donation isn't enough to help an adult, he said.

Also, scientists are moving beyond using cord blood merely as a way to rescue the bone marrow. Wagner said that scientists have isolated cord blood stem cells that can kill leukemia. Now, they're testing those cells in the treatment of other diseases, such as diabetes and lupus.

"We now find all these novel uses that are just now being explored," Wagner said. "It will take more time for us to prove how effective they are, but there are very unusual types of cells in cord blood that make us particularly excited about it as a new source of cells for many more types of therapy than we ever imagined in the past."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061016

Cord blood donation is much easier to collect and now that government is partly funding the process, this may be where we need to put our efforts. Our goal is to educate as many desi mothers to donate the cord blood as possible.

Cord Blood Donations has distinct advantages:

They do not require that donor and recipient match perfectly.

There is no need to see if the donor will actually donate (Desi community has a dismal rate of less than 35% donation rate once they match) because the cord blood will be in the bank.

The research will allow blood to be pooled making it possible for an adult to recieve.

Big obstacle was the cost of 1800 to 2000 dollars which prevented large numbers from donating. And the number of places available to donate were very few making it impossible for everyone to participate.

Now, with the funding they are trying to collect 150,000 donations per year.

If you know any pregnant Desi Woman please educate and inform them of this great oppertunity.

What better way of starting the life for your child who starts helping humanity from birth! A true "karma yoga"

One added bonus, if you do donate your cord blood and if you happen to ever need one for that child you may have a perfect matching sample available!

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60% of those whose life can be saved by bone marrow donation never find a matching bone marrow.

15,000 patients can not find a perfect match.


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« Reply #1 on: Oct 16th, 2006, 2:22pm »

It is important to understand the difference between donation and storage of cord blood. When you store the cord blood you have to pay for collection and storage fee ( 1800 + 125 per year) Your childs cord blood is stored specifically for you. So in case if you ever needed matching bone marrow you can use your own.

On the other hand when you donate, that blood is typed and can be used for anyone who needs matching bone marrow. This may be free or cost much less depending on how much government subsidizes it. ~ Vijay Mehta
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http://www.charityguide.org/volunteer/fewhours/cord-blood-donation.htm
DONATE CORD BLOOD
by Jamie Littlefield and Deborah Mitchell

Umbilical cord blood donation can save critically~ill patients suffering from leukemia, lymphoma, and more than 70 other diseases.

But keep in mind: cord blood donation requires simple, advanced preparation, and the obstetrician must act immediately after the umbilical cord is clamped and cut. Fortunately, the donated blood is withdrawn from the umbilical cord after it is detached, so there is no discomfort for the mother or baby.

Yet, most delivery room doctors discard life~saving cord blood as medical waste, even though cord blood donation is desperately needed by tens of thousands of people who have life-threatening illnesses.

Here's the point: the blood in an umbilical cord consists of stem cells that can "transform" into various types of healthy cell tissue. That tissue may be a treatment for many serious illnesses, including leukemia and other cancers, sickle cell disease, brain tumors, and osteoporosis. In the future, stem cells from donated cord blood may also be used to treat Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and diabetes.

Although some ill patients "match" with a family member who can donate stem cells that are suitable for their treatment, nearly 75 percent of patients are not so fortunate. Cord blood donations can give these critically~ill patients a much better chance of finding stem cells that match their tissue type.

Unlike the ethical issues that surround embryonic stem cell research, stem cells from live~birth cord blood are collected from an umbilical cord that would otherwise be thrown away, so there are no moral barriers.

Your cord blood donation will be screened for diseases and genetic issues. If the blood does not meet eligibility criteria, it may be used for research (if you gave consent for that use). If the cord blood does meet requirements, it will be stored at a public cord blood bank and entered on a registry which doctors can search to find matches.

The need for cord blood donations from ethnic minorities (African~American, Asians, Hawaiians, Hispanics, Latinos, Native Americans, and mixed races) is especially critical, because there are not enough suitable donations from these populations, and there is greater variation among tissue types in many minorities, which makes it more difficult to find a suitable match.

Stem cell research has given "the miracle of birth" a whole new meaning: A newly delivered infant has the potential to save the life of another human being, just by donating umbilical cord blood that would otherwise be thrown away. Can you help?


If you are an expectant parent, please see: Donate Your Umbilical Cord Blood. If you know an expectant mother, please skip to: Encourage Friends to Store or Donate Cord Blood.

Donate Your Umbilical Cord Blood

First, decide whether or not you would like to store the cord blood for your own family. If so, private cord blood banking costs approximately $1,800 to start and then $125 per year for storage. Otherwise, read on; donating cord blood is usually free.

Check if your delivery is scheduled at a Cord Blood Donation participating hospital. If so, talk with your obstetrician about arranging for your donation. Arrangements between the hospital and a cord blood bank should generally be completed by the 34th week of pregnancy. The cord blood bank may send you a collection kit, which you should then give to your doctor; or the cord blood bank may work directly with your doctor or hospital for the collection.

If your hospital does not yet participate in a cord blood donation program, contact Cryobanks at 800~869~8608 or enroll online. Cryobanks sends medical couriers that will pick~up cord blood donations from almost anywhere in the continental United States. Donors must meet eligibility requirements and register before the 35th week of pregnancy. Alternatively, check this directory to see if a local public cord blood bank would make arrangements for your cord blood donation.

Follow the cord blood bank' preparation procedures, which are likely to include providing a medical history and blood sample, and signing a consent form. Read the consent form carefully before you sign it. Some cord blood banks may use donated blood for research instead of transplants that directly help sick patients. If this is not your wish, you must let the blood bank know.

If you are responsible for bringing the cord blood collection kit to the hospital, be sure to place the kit in the pre~packed luggage or bag that you plan to take to the delivery room. If a friend or family member will accompany you to the hospital, ask them to remind the delivery~room doctor to use the cord blood collection kit. Cord blood collection must occur within 10~15 minutes after birth to ensure the viability of the donation.
Although the public cord blood bank will accept and process your donation for free, talk to your doctor in advance about fees, if any, for extracting the cord blood. Many doctors and hospitals will donate the few minutes it takes to collect the cord blood.

Do you want to help even more? As an expectant parent, you probably know several other expectant parents...

Encourage Friends to Store or Donate Cord Blood

Many expectant parents are not aware of how cord blood donations work, who they benefit, and how easy they are. You can help save lives if you encourage expectant parents to store their baby's cord blood for their own family or to donate the cord blood to a public cord~blood bank. To get started:

Share this article with interested friends, family, and neighbors, as well as with your doctor, family planning clinic, family resource center, community parenting classes, and other related venues.

Help friends understand cord blood donation eligibility requirements so that they avoid activities that could prevent the cord blood from being accepted. For instance, no recent tattoos or body piercings!

Make it easy for expectant parents to donate their cord blood by providing them with contact information for the public cord blood banks that will gratefully accept their donation. Follow~up to ensure that enrollment occurs before the 34th week of pregnancy.

Newborns can make a life~altering difference in the world even before they leave the hospital. A cord blood donation is all it takes.
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Cord Blood Participating Hospitals

More mothers-to-be are learning about and choosing umbilical cord blood donation as a way to help patients in need of a blood cell transplant. Because cord blood donation is still a growing field, not all hospitals receive cord donations at this time.

Below is a growing list of participating hospitals that actively collect cord blood units for our cord blood banks.

If you are unable to locate your delivering hospital in the list below, you may contact Cryobanks International at 1-800-869-8608. Donations are accepted from anywhere in the Continental United States. Donors must meet Cryobanks International's eligibility requirements and register with Cryobanks International between their 28th and 35th week of pregnancy.

Alabama
Baptist East
Montgomery, AL LifeCord
(352) 224-1600
http://www.lifesouth.org/LifeCord.html

Baptist South
Montgomery, AL LifeCord
(352) 224-1600
http://www.lifesouth.org/LifeCord.html

California
St. Joseph's Hospital of Orange
Orange, CA Children's Hospital of Orange County Cord Blood Bank
(714) 516-4335
http://www.choc.org/clinics/blooddonorsvs.cfm

Citrus Valley Medical Center - Queen of the Valley
West Covina, CA StemCyte International Cord Blood Center
(866) STEMCYTE
http://www.stemcyte.com

Florida
North Florida Regional Medical Center
Gainesville, FL LifeCord
(352) 224-1600
http://www.lifesouth.org/LifeCord.html

Shands at Alachua General Hospital
Gainesville, FL LifeCord
(352) 224-1600
http://www.lifesouth.org/LifeCord.html

Shands Teaching Hospital at University of Florida
Gainesville, FL LifeCord
(352) 224-1600
http://www.lifesouth.org/LifeCord.html

Sarasota Memorial Hospital
Sarasota, FL The CORDUS Corporation
(407) 667-4842
http://www.cordus.com

Hawaii
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
Honolulu, HI Hawaii Cord Blood Bank
(808) 983-BANK (2265)
http://www.hcbb.org

Kapi'olani Medical Center
Honolulu, HI Hawaii Cord Blood Bank
(808) 983-BANK (2265)
http://www.hcbb.org

Queen's Medical Center
Honolulu, HI Hawaii Cord Blood Bank
(808) 983-BANK (2265)
http://www.hcbb.org

Tripler Army Medical Center
Honolulu, HI Hawaii Cord Blood Bank
(808) 983-BANK (2265)
http://www.hcbb.org

Illinois
Alton Memorial Hospital
Alton, IL St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

St. Anthony's Health Center
Alton, IL St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

Memorial Hospital
Belleville, IL St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

St. Elizabeth's Hospital
Belleville, IL St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

St. Joseph's Hospital - Breese
Breese, IL St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

Memorial Hospital of Carbondale
Carbondale, IL St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

Chicago Area Hospitals
Chicago, IL ITxM Cord Blood Services
(877) 448-2673
http://www.givcord.org

Gateway Regional Medical Center
Granite City, IL St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

Anderson Hospital
Maryville, IL St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center
Mattoon, IL St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

Blessing Hospital
Quincy, IL St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org
Michigan
Huron Valley Hospital
Commerce Twp., MI J.P. McCarthy Cord Stem Cell Bank
(800) Karmanos
http://www.karmanos.org/cordblood/

Hutzel Hospital
Detroit, MI J.P. McCarthy Cord Stem Cell Bank
(800) Karmanos
http://www.karmanos.org/cordblood/

Sinai-Grace Hospital
Detroit, MI J.P. McCarthy Cord Stem Cell Bank
(800) Karmanos
http://www.karmanos.org/cordblood/

St. John Hospital & Medical Center
Detroit, MI J.P. McCarthy Cord Stem Cell Bank
(800) Karmanos
http://www.karmanos.org/cordblood/

Providence Hospital
Southfield, MI J.P. McCarthy Cord Stem Cell Bank
(800) Karmanos
http://www.karmanos.org/cordblood/

Missouri
DePaul Health Center
Bridgeton, MO St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

Southeast Missouri Hospital
Cape Girardeau, MO St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

St. Francis Medical Center
Cape Girardeau, MO St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

St. Luke's Hospital
Chesterfield, MO St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

Jefferson Memorial Hospital
Crystal City, MO St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

Mineral Area Regional Medical Center
Farmington, MO St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

Parkland Health Center
Farmington, MO St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

St. Joseph's Hospital Kirkwood
Kirkwood, MO St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

St. Joseph's Hospital West
Lake St. Louis, MO St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

Perry County Memorial Hospital
Perryville, MO St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

St. Joseph's Health Center
St. Charles, MO St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

Barnes Jewish Hospital
St. Louis, MO St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

Missouri Baptist Medical Center
St. Louis, MO St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

St. Anthony's Medical Center
St. Louis, MO St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

St. John's Mercy Medical Center
St. Louis, MO St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

St. Mary's Health Center
St. Louis, MO St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

Barnes Jewish St. Peters Hospital
St. Peters, MO St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

St. John's Mercy Hospital
Washington, MO St. Louis Cord Blood Bank
(888) 453-2673
http://www.slcbb.org

New Jersey
Cooper Health Systems
Camden, NJ New Jersey Cord Blood Bank at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research
(856) 757-9718
http://www.coriell.org/njcbb


Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital
Camden, NJ New Jersey Cord Blood Bank at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research
(856) 757-9718
http://www.coriell.org/njcbb

Mountainside Hospital
Montclair, NJ The Elie Katz Umbilical Cord Blood Program
http://www.communitybloodservices.org

Burlington Memorial Virtua Hospital
Mt. Holly, NJ New Jersey Cord Blood Bank at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research
(856) 757-9718
http://www.coriell.org/njcbb

St. Joseph's Hospital
Paterson, NJ The Elie Katz Umbilical Cord Blood Program
http://www.communitybloodservices.org

The Valley Hospital
Ridgewood, NJ The Elie Katz Umbilical Cord Blood Program
http://www.communitybloodservices.org

Holy Name Hospital
Teaneck, NJ The Elie Katz Umbilical Cord Blood Program
http://www.communitybloodservices.org

West Jersey Virtua Hospital
Voorhees, NJ New Jersey Cord Blood Bank at the Coriell Institute for Medical Research
(856) 757-9718
http://www.coriell.org/njcbb

North Carolina
Memorial Hospital at the University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC Carolinas Cord Blood Bank
(919) 668-1116
http://www.cancer.duke.edu/ccbb/

Duke North Hospital at Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC Carolinas Cord Blood Bank
(919) 668-1116
http://www.cancer.duke.edu/ccbb/

Durham Regional Hospital
Durham, NC Carolinas Cord Blood Bank
(919) 668-1116
http://www.cancer.duke.edu/ccbb/

Rex Hospital
Raleigh, NC Carolinas Cord Blood Bank
(919) 668-1116
http://www.cancer.duke.edu/ccbb/

Rex Hospital
Raleigh, NC The CORDUS Corporation
(407) 667-4842
http://www.cordus.com

Western Wake Hospital
Raleigh, NC Carolinas Cord Blood Bank
(919) 668-1116
http://www.cancer.duke.edu/ccbb/

Ohio
Riverside Methodist Hospital
Columbus, OH StemCyte International Cord Blood Center
(866) STEMCYTE
http://www.stemcyte.com

Texas
The Woman's Hospital of Texas
Houston, TX M.D. Anderson Cord Blood Bank
1-866-869-5111
http://www2.mdanderson.org/app/cbb/

Washington
Overlake Hospital Medical Center
Bellevue, WA Puget Sound Blood Center
(206) 292-1896
http://www.psbc.org/cordblood/

Stevens Hospital
Edmonds, WA Puget Sound Blood Center
(206) 292-1896
http://www.psbc.org/cordblood/

Evergreen Hospital
Kirkland, WA Puget Sound Blood Center
(206) 292-1896
http://www.psbc.org/cordblood/

Swedish Medical Center Hospitals - Ballard
Seattle, WA Puget Sound Blood Center
(206) 292-1896
http://www.psbc.org/cordblood/

Swedish Medical Center Hospitals - First Hill
Seattle, WA Puget Sound Blood Center
(206) 292-1896
http://www.psbc.org/cordblood/

University of Washington Medical Center
Seattle, WA Puget Sound Blood Center
(206) 292-1896
http://www.psbc.org/cordblood/

Go to
http://www.marrow.org/ABOUT/NMDP_Network/Cord_Blood_Banks/CB_Participating_Hospitals/nmdp_cord_blood_hospitals.pl#TX
for updated information.
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 12th, 2013, 08:51am »

Typically you will find that most of the outfits charge about 1800 dollars for iitial collection plus 125 dollars more to preserve for a year. So over 18 years it is more in the range of 37000 dollars or above. However I came across this Maze Cord and Tissue Bank that is nearly half of other banks. For 1990 dollars they will collect and perserve for 18 years. There is 100 dollar coupon on the site as well as 10% discount for making a group with other expectant mothers to sign up. So technically you can get this done for 1990 minus 199 minus 100 = 1700 dollars, much reasonable than 4000 dollars.
If you come across any better price for cord banking please do post it here or let me know. ~ Vijay Mehta
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