Personal versus donor stem cells

  • Stem cell therapies can use cells from your body or from a donor’s body
  • Cells from a donor are the same as a donated organ. The risk of tissue rejection must be managed with powerful anti-rejection drugs.
  • Using cells from your own body nearly eliminates the risk of rejection.

Parents have been creating personal stem cell banks for their new-born infants from umbilical cord blood. Self-donated cell therapy is called autologous stem cell therapy. By utilizing a person's own cells, the body recognizes these cells as "us," unlike bacteria, which it recognizes as "invader." Using our own cells avoids the body's immune system from attacking the therapeutic cells.

Third party donated cells are seen by the immune system as "invader." To prevent the cells from being attacked, powerful drugs are used, like in a kidney transplant. This makes the procedure more difficult and increases the likelihood of treatment failure.

This is an important reason why your own personal CelBank™ may be a better choice for you and your family.