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Children with Leukaemia to Receive CAR-T Therapy on the NHS

Fantastic news today as children with leukaemia will be able to access CAR-T therapy on the NHS. The CAR-T cells in this pilot have been derived from peripheral blood. Groups are working on the same process using CAR-T cells from umbilical cord blood, a non-invasive source of therapeutic cells....

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Cord Blood Successfully Expanded in Groundbreaking Cancer Trial

Cord blood and its healing potential have been dramatically expanded by researchers in Canada. Stem cells collected from the umbilical cord and placenta are younger, healthier and more flexible than those sourced from bone marrow or peripheral blood. So naturally, these are these cells are favoured by doctors; cord blood transplants...

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Cord blood expansion to make stem cell transplant widely available

Researchers at the University of Toronto are hoping to make blood stem cell transplants more widely available by expanding umbilical cord blood, according to an article posted on the University website this week. Blood stem cell transplantation Blood stem cell transplants are used to treat disorders of the blood,...

Leukaemia and Cord Blood Transplantation

  Keegan’s story Keegan Doheney was just 2 years old when he was diagnosed with leukaemia. Fortunately, Keegan’s doctors were able to get the leukaemia into remission, but his parents knew that there was always a chance of a relapse. Keegan’s mum, Wendy, found out about cord blood banking...

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Making medical history with a double umbilical cord blood transplant

It’s the first time it has ever been done in Nebraska. A 13-year-old’s double umbilical cord blood transplant at Nebraska Medicine is making history in our state. When you’re 13 and you have to spend 30 days in the hospital, you pass the time with a Nerf gun. Meet...

Joy as Newport nurse with leukaemia finds life-saving stem cell donor in Germany

A CRITICALLY ill Newport nurse and mum-of-two whose only chance of survival was a stem cell transplant has found a donor. Paula Wallace celebrated with German flags and wine after a man from Germany was found to have a matching tissue type and agreed to donate his stem cells....

Breastfeeding Linked to a 19% Lowered Risk of Leukaemia

A review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Paediatrics has established a link between Breastfeeding and lowering of risk of childhood leukaemia by claiming that babies who are breastfed for 6 months or more have a 19% lower risk of the blood cancer compared to...

The baby girl who was born to save her big brother

Wang Cansen from China was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of four. Doctors informed his parents that without a transplant, he would die so his parents had to apply for special permission to have a second baby. Baby girl, born on January 13, is a perfect donor match...

New Molecule allows for up to 10-fold increase in stem cell transplants

A new molecule, the first of its kind, allows for the multiplication of stem cells in a unit of cord blood. Umbilical cord stem cells are used for transplants aimed at curing a number of blood-related diseases, including leukaemia, myeloma and lymphoma. For many patients this therapy comprises a...

War on leukaemia: How battle for cell production could be decisive

A key step in understanding the nature of the fight for superiority between mutated genes and normal genes could lead to new therapies to combat leukaemia, say researchers at Birmingham and Newcastle University. The study investigated Acute Myeloid Leukaemia to understand why leukemic cells are not able to develop...