I tried a search on this forum but couldn't find any posts on this topic. Hopefully, you will be able to shed some light on it for me. I am 29 years old and was diagnosed with PH+ CML in 2009. I've responded well to Gleevec (600mg/day) with very few side effects. My wife and I are expecting our first baby in March, and she and my parents are very much in favor of collecting and banking the cord blood during the delivery. It could be helpful if I ever need a BMT, and who knows what other breakthroughs may arise in the future. We just want to make a good decision, so here are some of our questions: Which company should we use to bank the cord blood? How does the process work? How much does it cost? Can you "multiply" the blood in case I need a lot of it? Does the cord blood have a "type"? What's so great about cord blood?
So that this doesn't seem entirely selfish of me, we would also like to have the cord blood available for our son in the event that he should ever need it. We'd appreciate any help that you could give. Although I don't post very often, I read this message board regularly. Thanks for being a life-changing resource.