Dr. Daria Klachko of St. Barnabas Hospital and Short Hills Surgery Center said she is a supporter of cord blood and placenta blood banking and actively encourages patients to consider the option.
“I recommend it for a number of reasons,” Klachko said. “Cord blood stem cells are currently being used for a variety of blood disorders.”
The practice has been used to treat 80 blood disorders, including non-Hodgkins lymphoma, sickle cell anemia and leukemia.
“But I also have my eye on the future,” Klachko said. “Important strides are being made in the field of regenerative medicine, which is using stem cells to build different types of tissue that could potentially be used for traumatic injuries, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and more.”