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Blood: Medical Treatments

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS treatments involving (a) adult and (b) cord blood stem cells are ongoing; and if he will make a statement. (206128)

One of the most successful exploitations of adult stem cells to date has been in the use of bone marrow transplantation for a variety of conditions including leukaemia and lymphoma. More than 2,500 bone marrow transplantations are performed each year in the United Kingdom. More recently, cord blood stem cells have been used as an alternative source of stem cells. In the past three years, the NHS Cord Blood Bank has issued both unrelated and directed cord blood units to treat 115 patients and these numbers continue to grow annually.