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Most asked questions

Why store cord blood stem cells?

Cord blood stem cells are more potent than adult stem cells and haven’t had exposure to environmental pollutants, viruses and chemicals that happen over time. There is greater flexibility in genetic matching where only a partial match between the donor and patient may be required. There is also a reduced risk of graft vs host disease and lower incidence of viral transmissions.

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Is there a charge to release the stem cells?

In the event that you need a release of the stem cells for an approved clinical Trial or therapy overseas, Cell Care will completely cover the costs for the release, INCLUDING the transport costs. This is unique to Cell Care and could save you thousands at a time when you really need things to run smoothly and easily. The cells are transported in a mini cryogenic tank, with a medical courier who consistently monitors levels within the tank. They will deliver the stem cells directly to your transplanting doctor.

These releases have been for the treatment of thalassaemia, neuroblastoma, diabetes, cerebral palsy, severe congenital neutropenia, chronic granulomatous disease, T cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, acute myeloid leukaemia and hypotonia-developmental delay.

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Where are the stem cells stored?

Everything is stored and processed in Cell Care's facility in Heatherton, Victoria. Cell Care have taken all possible measures to ensure the safety of the cells stored. For example, the tanks are self-powered for 7 days in the event that power is lost. Sprinklers are fitted throughout the facility and the fire brigade are within close proximity. Entry into the facility is forbidden without the use of the proper security passes. Cell Care also have 24/7 ‘back to base’ alarm systems.

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What is cord blood?

Cord blood is the blood that remains in a baby's umbilical cord and placenta immediately after the baby is born and the umbilical cord has been clamped and cut.

Your baby's cord blood contains a diverse mixture of important cells, including stem cells. Cord blood is a particularly rich source of haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), which have the ability to create and heal our organs, blood and the immune system. Because of their youth stem cells from umbilical cord blood are among the most flexible and potent in the body.

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How much does cord banking cost?

Cell Care have many different payment plans available. The options are to store either the cord blood on its own or both the cord blood and the tissue. You then also choose if you wish to store for 20 years or 30 years. For cord blood only, you can store for 20 years for a total cost of $3,575 and for 30 years the total cost is $4,375. For cord blood and tissue, you can store for 20 years for a total of $5,595 or for 30 years the total is $6,595. From here you can choose to pay a lump sum or over 12 or 24 monthly payments.

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