First Successful Use of Expanded Umbilical-Cord Blood Units to Treat Leukemia, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Study

Published: Jan 19, 2010

ScienceDaily -- Scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have cleared a major technical hurdle to making umbilical-cord-blood transplants a more widely-used method for treating leukemia and other blood cancers. In a study published in the Jan.17 edition of Nature Medicine, Colleen Delaney, M.D., and colleagues describe the first use of a method to vastly expand the number of stem/progenitor cells from a unit of cord blood in the laboratory that were then infused into patients resulting in successful and rapid engraftment.

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