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28th May is World Blood Cancer Day – cord blood can provide a cure

We look at how umbilical cord blood can help treat people with certain life-threatening diseases, including some types of cancers. Why do we have a World Blood Cancer day? Every 27 seconds, someone somewhere in the world is diagnosed with blood cancer. Bloodcancer refers to defects in the blood-forming system, which cause cancer cells to […]

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How is umbilical cord blood used to treat blood cancers?

Did you know umbilical cord blood is being used to treat a number of cancers of the blood? And did you know you can collect and store the cord blood from your newborn to use in potentially life-saving treatments as they get older? This article explores how umbilical cord blood is used to treat blood […]

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Stem cells used to treat leukaemia in toddler Arlo

Stem cell donation is vital Toddler Arlo Brown was diagnosed with the rare blood cancer myelomonocytic leukaemia in April. Seriously ill, he underwent a stem cell transplant in August. He is still very poorly but according to recent newspaper reports, is showing signs of recovery, although he relies on regular blood transfusions and a tube […]

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September is blood cancer awareness month

Cord blood transplants provide an opportunity for a cure from blood cancer with siblings offering the best chance of finding a match September marks Blood Cancer Awareness Month. Every year, more than 2,000 people in the UK with a blood cancer or blood disorder are in need of a potentially lifesaving blood stem cell donation […]

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Making the most of umbilical cord blood

Scientists can now multiply, or ‘expand’ the stem cells in cord blood, offering the best regenerative treatment for blood cancer yet. A paper published in The Lancet this week may transform the way blood cancer is treated, greatly improving patient outcomes. Why isn’t cord blood used for more stem cell transplants? More than 100,000 patients […]

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9 years old and cancer-free thanks to life-saving umbilical cord stem cell transplant

Jenson has lived half his young life with cancer. Diagnosed with lymphoma aged 4 and then with leukaemia aged 7, it’s impossible to imagine how the Wright family must feel reading today’s news that their son is cancer-free. Just 6 weeks after completing 3 years of chemotherapy in October 2016, Jenson’s family learnt that cancer had […]

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Hodgkin lymphoma made visible by London installation

Make Blood Cancer Visible is an installation by Paul Cocksedge that gathers 104 three-dimensional letterform sculptures forming a typographic forest of names. The installation represents the 104 individuals that are diagnosed with blood cancer every day,1 raising awareness and shining a light on their experiences by exposing their individual stories. One story is Ellie’s. Ellie was […]

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Cord blood banking matters to me: Georgina, Ashley and Charley

Georgina Russell knew that the blood in her baby’s placenta and umbilical cord were nutritious, but she never suspected that it would become so precious to her whole family. Living with glioblastoma Georgina was four months pregnant when she received the terrible news that her older brother, Ashley, had a rare, slow-growing form of the […]

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Tessa Jowell calls for innovative cancer treatments

This week Labour peer and former culture secretary Tessa Jowell will make a speech in the House of Lords calling for patients to be allowed to trial experimental and innovative cancer treatments, such as stem cell therapy. When Baroness Jowell was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, the tumour glioblastoma, she imagined that […]

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