Immune cell banking: Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

How long can my cells be stored for/viable for?

Indefinitely. Once cells are at -196°C they are metabolically inactive, and 'suspended in time' practically forever. Life resumes again when the cells are thawed from cryogenic freeze. Scientific cell-banking data over the last 35 years supports this method of long-term storage, and its ongoing viability.

Can any other family members/relatives use my cells?

No. You can only use your cells for yourself.

What other diseases can my cells be used to treat?

Scientific medical literature supports the use of your immune cells as an adjunct therapy for any type of cancer and other diseases (e.g. Alzheimer's).

What are the current uses of immune cells?

Over the last 30 years tens of thousands of people have been treated using DC Therapy in clinical settings and trials. Over this time DC Therapy has evolved as knowledge and improvements have been made in this field. Added to the difficulty of reporting outcomes is the individualised and evolving nature of cancers in the sufferer. Most persons who have received courses of DC Therapy have also had chemotherapy, which significantly damages the immune system. A review of the published literature since 1981 indicates an overall success rate of at least 60% in terms of overall survival time. Quality of life improvement, extended and some complete remissions are reported. It is important to understand that there is no known 'cure for cancer', and that a best outcome is some form of remission from any treatment.

If I am already diagnosed with cancer is it too late to store?

Yes. Our immune cell-banking offering is offered alongside medical insurance cover for those who are diagnosed in the future with cancer. On this basis we cannot accept clients for cell-banking services post diagnosis, unless they have been 'all-clear' for a minimum of five (5) years of the disease.

Is it better to store if you/I have a history of cancer in my family?

Based on the fact that the efficiency of our immune system (and therefore immune cells) declines with age in healthy individuals, this decline will be even more rapid in potentially compromised individuals who have the propensity to develop cancer. These individuals are at a higher risk, and have stronger reasons to bank their immune cells sooner rather than later.

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