A week has passed since swimmer Rikako Ikee announced that she has been diagnosed with leukemia. The sudden revelation by Japan’s competitive swimming ace has sent shock waves to many corners.
There are many athletes who have overcome leukemia, described as “cancer of the blood.” Ikee courageously tweeted, “I will surely return.” If this was detected early, the chances of a complete cure are likely higher.
One way to treat leukemia is through umbilical cord blood transplantation, which is easier to prepare compared to bone marrow transplants.
Widecells Group PLC (LON:WDC) are leading a transformation in cord blood banking and stem cell treatment; making cord blood banking more accessible through insurance coverage, and increasing the availability of cord blood for transplants.