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One Blood Saves Lives: Understanding Cord Life

Did you know that one of the leading cause of death in children is Leukemia? Around 3,977 were diagnosed with the disease in 2012 alone. Doctors says it's a silent killer that needs the public to be aware, especially parents. Aside from chemotherapy, stem cell transplant is one of the recommended treatment of choice. Unfortunately, there are limited or no available stem cells in the country. But the good news is that we can preserve stem cells through cord blood banking. 

In a recent talk, Cordlife Philippines, the country's first and only private cord blood processing and cryopreservation facility discussed the procedure, benefits of saving cord blood right after child's delivery. Cordlife talked about the advantages of having a readily available supply of cord blood. One Blood by Cordlife is in partnership with the Philippine Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine (PSMFM).

What is Cord Blood

How is it done? Cord blood is the blood that remains in the umbilical cord after birth. It contains the healthiest stem cells that can replenish blood, regenerate damaged bone marrow, treat blood cancers and correct genetic defects. It has the following benefits:

Cord blood for treatment of Leukemia:

  • can replenish blood
  • regenerate damaged bone marrow
  • treat blood cancers
  • correct genetic defects
  • a potential source for cellular therapy and regenerative medicine

Objective of Stem Cell:
  • Curative
  • to provide better result if done at early stage.

Benefits  of Cord Blood Banking

  • Through cord blood banking, there's a chance to survive fatal genetic diseases like leukemia and other blood-related diseases.
  • To create awareness on cord blood banking’s importance as an available standard option for families who may need stem cell transplant, Cordlife recently launched One Blood.
How it is done:

Parents will decide if cord blood will be collected. Cordlife Philippines will collect cord blood and bring to the facility in Quezon City. It will be kept indefinitely or until 18 years. 

Cordlife Group Limited is an international provider of umbilical cord blood and cord lining services. It is also among the first to offer this service and technology in Asia. In February 2010, Cordlife Philippines was officially launched.  It is the country’s first and only private cord blood processing and cryopreservation facility aimed to give the Filipino the chance to benefit from the advantages of having a readily available supply of cord blood.

Take note that in every procedure there could be possible complications just like the stem cell transplant. Infection or rejection just to name a few. But there's also a great chance of survival and cure. For more information, visit


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