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There is no cure for black lung disease, so treatment usually focuses on relieving symptoms and improving quality of life. Black lung, or coal worker’s pneumoconiosis (CWP), is an occupational lung disease that most commonly affects miners who have inhaled coal dust over an extended period of time.
A black lung treatment regimen will vary based on whether a person has a simple or complicated form of CWP and what specific symptoms are being experienced. Generally speaking, medications and supplemental oxygen may be used to improve breathing and control co-existing symptoms from related conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Lung transplantation may be recommended for patients with very severe cases of black lung.
Autologous stem cell therapy is an alternative black lung treatment that is showing encouraging results in some patients. This treatment involves using the patient’s own stem cells to promote the body’s natural healing processes, which may in turn help reduce lung inflammation and ease unpleasant symptoms like coughing and shortness of breath. Because stem cells are found naturally in the body and are not a drug, most patients don’t experience any negative side effects.
The Lung Institute offers the latest breakthroughs in autologous stem cell therapy to adults with black lung disease and other chronic lung conditions. As the only stem cell center in the world to focus exclusively on lung disease, the Lung Institute can be your first choice for stem cell-based black lung treatment. Consider contacting our friendly medical team today at (800) 729-3065 if traditional treatment approaches are not providing the symptom relief you desire. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and determine if you are a potential candidate for stem cell therapy.