My daughter just had a baby and we have had the umbilical cord tissue and cord blood frozen. How or where do we go to find out if a transfusion can be done on me? Is it still experimental or can it be done at a specialized hospital? Do they do them in the US? I have RRMS.
Answer: Cord blood is rich in bone marrow derived stem cells. These cells are not particularly useful as a source of neural stem cells (the kind required to regenerate the nervous system of MS patients). They are primarily used to treat diseases that affect cells of bone marrow lineage like leukemia and lymphoma. “Stem Cell” transplantation for MS using any source of stem cells is still very experimental. This field is not well regulated and private companies in the US and elsewhere are overhyping therapies and making unsubstantiated claims to make a lot of money off of patient fears.
I recommend going to the following website if you are interested in stem cell transplantation to learn more and find out the important questions to ask before you consider any of these therapies.