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How blood from babies' umbilical cords can save the life of other ...

After being diagnosed with leukemia three years ago, Lita Jempson underwent five courses of chemotherapy. It was harsh, but the disease went into remission. Then last year, at the age of 39, the cancer returned. Doctors had hoped for a bone marrow donor, but none could be found. Five months ago, Lita was offered a cutting-edge treatment using a special type of blood - taken from a newborn's umbilical cord. Over the past decade, cord blood therapy has started to transform the treatment of blood disorders such as leukemia.

After being diagnosed with leukemia three years ago, Lita Jempson underwent five courses of chemotherapy. It was harsh, but the disease went into remission. Then last year, at the age of 39, the cancer returned. Doctors had hoped for a bone marrow donor, but none could be found. Five months ago, Lita was offered a cutting-edge treatment using a special type of blood - taken from a newborn's umbilical cord. Over the past decade, cord blood therapy has started to transform the treatment of blood disorders such as leukemia.

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