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Cellular Treatment Research Study vs. Treatment

25 May 2015
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The Difference Between a Research Study and a Treatment

The Lung Institute is poised to open its fourth clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in July of 2015. However, cellular research, and even pulmonary care, is not new to the Pittsburgh region. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has been ranked among the best facilities for pulmonary disease treatment and research in the nation, and the University of Pittsburgh McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine has been conducting cellular research since 1992.  This has opened the floor for a lot of questions as to why someone may elect to choose a cellular research study versus cellular therapy for lung disease.

Pros and Cons of a Research Study vs. Treatment

There are many benefits to both research studies and direct treatments. Studies offer cutting-edge information while collecting and providing data that will eventually help the medical community create more innovative treatments. Direct treatments help patients breathe easier today by applying lessons learned through years of medical practice. Inevitably, it comes down to the patient. Do you feel like a study, which will provide you with a 50 percent chance of receiving the tested medication, is acceptable for the state of your condition? Some may say yes, but those with a chronic, debilitating lung disease that is terminal and incurable, would likely say no.

The Bridge to a Cure for COPD

There is no cure for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or interstitial lung disease. Due to the nature of the diseases, they will continue to progress, worsen and eventually attribute to the death of the patient. The question lies in when a cure will be available. With advances in some medications like Ofev and Pirfenidone, and the ability for cellular therapy to help improve lung function, many people feel that a cure is on the horizon. Even if it is five, ten or twenty years away, patients that are suffering today need to be able to survive until that day comes.

In the end, a research study may include the next big advancement in the treatment of COPD, but test subjects only have a 50 percent chance of getting that drug (with the other half only receiving a placebo); in addition to the likelihood of the drug working, the chance for a test subject’s lung function to improve is often slim. If a study is researching a drug that actually performed and, by some miracle, had a 100 percent success rate among the patients that got the drug, only 50 percent of the test subjects would see that relief. This number reflects a 20 percent drop from those that see relief from cellular therapy at the Lung Institute.

Of course, there is an overwhelming need for continued clinical studies dealing with cellular therapy, but for those who need an option today, the Lung institute is here to help. If you or a loved one suffers from a lung disease, contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify.

* Every patient is given a Patient Satisfaction Survey shortly after treatment. Responses to the 11-question survey are aggregated to determine patient satisfaction with the delivery of treatment.

^ Quality of Life Survey data measured the patient’s self-assessed quality of life and measurable quality of improvement at three months of COPD patients.

All claims made regarding the efficacy of Lung Institute's treatments as they pertain to pulmonary conditions are based solely on anecdotal support collected by Lung Institute. Individual conditions, treatment and outcomes may vary and are not necessarily indicative of future results. Testimonial participation is voluntary. Lung Institute does not pay for or script patient testimonials.

As required by Texas state law, the Lung Institute Dallas Clinic has received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval from MaGil IRB, now Chesapeake IRB, which is fully accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Program (AAHRPP), for research protocols and procedures. The Lung Institute has implemented these IRB approved standards at all of its clinics nationwide. Approval indicates that we follow rigorous standards for ethics, quality, and protections for human research.

Each patient is different. Results may vary.