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Cord Blood

Cord Blood


YOU HAVE A CHOICE:

The New Jersey Cord Blood Bank (NJCBB)

Our public banking program
Click here for participating hospitals

The Elie Katz Umbilical Cord Blood Program

Our family banking program

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ABOUT US

The umbilical cord blood program was established in 1996 to meet the needs of a growing population of cancer patients who became candidates for stem cell transplants after their stem cells were damaged or destroyed during aggressive treatment for cancer or other diseases. Cord blood stem cells are currently being used to treat more than 70 diseases, and may be the treatment of choice in the near future for such diseases as diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, as well as spinal cord injuries and many other serious diseases.

Today Community Blood Services operates the State of New Jersey’s only public cord blood bank, known as the New Jersey Cord Blood Bank (NJCBB) . We also offer a private family cord blood bank under the Elie Katz Umbilical Cord Blood Program (EKUCBP). In addition, we provide processing and storage for private cord blood companies through our contract laboratory services and our cord blood laboratory offers a variety of high-quality products for research purposes.

Parents delivering at participating hospitals can arrange for the safe and painless collection of their babies’ umbilical cord blood, which contains lifesaving stem cells, after their babies are born. Parents can donate their babies’ cord blood to the NJCBB for use by any child or adult in the U.S. and throughout the world with a life-threatening disease, such as cancer, leukemia, sickle cell anemia, cerebral palsy, or another rare genetic disease or immune deficiency. The NJCBB is currently pursuing collections at designated hospitals because there is an urgent need for more ethnically and racially diverse cord bloods on the national registries. African American, Asian and other minority communities currently are under represented on the national registries, which decreases the chances for lifesaving matches for patients in need.

Umbilical cord blood may also be saved for future use if needed by that particular child, a sibling or a parent through the family banking program, the Elie Katz Umbilical Cord Blood Program (EKUCBP). Collections are accepted from most regional hospitals. Expectant parents who want further information about the family banking program should call

1 866 SAVCORD (728-2673)

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