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Am I Too Old for Cellular Therapy? A Breakdown of Treatment

12 Apr 2017
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Am I Too Old for Cellular Therapy? A Breakdown of Treatment

Is it ever too late?

In recent years the use of cells for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis (PF) and emphysema has shown significant progress in addressing disease symptoms and has shown potential to address progression as well. Utilizing the body’s natural healing mechanisms (pericyte and cells) to reduce inflammation within the lungs, cellular therapy has demonstrated the potential to improve quality of life to those who may have otherwise given up hope.

Although these cells are naturally found within the body—in a patient’s blood —for many, the question of whether or not to receive treatment becomes a question of “am I too old for cellular therapy?”

As cellular therapy uses the naturally occurring cells found within the body, the amount of these cells available as we age is a pertinent question.

With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to breakdown the science behind cellular therapy, how it works and whether the treatment will remain effective as we age.

What Are Cells?

As we mentioned above, cells are naturally occurring cells that are produced when the body is damaged from within. As their name implies, cells are the base level of any cell—similar to that of a Lego block—meaning they can grow to turn into nearly any available cell the body needs. In the case of cellular therapy for the treatment of lung disease, in which a patient’s cells are extracted and reintroduced into damaged areas of the lungs, these base cells develop into the specialized cells necessary to promote internal healing in the lungs. As these cells may transform into new alveolar and bronchiole cells, they have the potential to reduce inflammation and smooth airway passages, ultimately allowing for the potential for better breathing and an improvement quality of life.

How Does Cellular Therapy Work?

The process of a cellular therapy is simpler than many may initially picture. As cells are naturally occurring cells found latent within the blood, these cells can be extracted and separated before being reintroduced into the body. While ordinarily, fluids reintroduced into the body will circulate throughout, as the heart pumps, these cells will become lodged in an area of the lungs called the “pulmonary trap.” As these cells become stuck within this area, they settle and may quickly begin to promote healing from within the lungs. They have the potential to start reducing inflammation and ultimately improving breathing within the lungs airways.

Am I Too Old for Cellular Therapy?

Am I Too Old for Cellular Therapy? A Breakdown of Treatment

For many seeking cellular therapy, a primary question that can come up is whether the individual is too old for cellular therapy. The reasoning behind this question is generally whether their age has an effect on the amount of cells that can be extracted from their body.

In short, the answer is NO, age does not have a significant effect on the efficacy of cellular therapy. However, the younger you are, the better.

In a recent 2010 medical paper published in Disease Models & Mechanisms:

“Haematopoietic cells (HSCs) are able to repopulate secondary recipients, however they do so at a lower frequency than their younger counterparts.”

Although the amount of latent cells within the body may be slightly reduced in someone of advanced age (80s and 90s), there are a variety of methods to increase the population and effectiveness of these cells through natural factors.

Through this process of increasing the body’s natural cells after removal, the age of a patient is largely irrelevant when considering treatment. Furthermore, given the fact that the application of cellular therapy contains virtually no risk of rejection by the body or any serious adverse side effects, cellular therapy continues to stand as a promising treatment option for those living with chronic lung disease.

Taking the Next Steps

Although age is an important consideration when determining whether treatment is right for you, an external repopulation process has overcome the issue of a reduced cell population in older patients. In essence, this process will boost the natural population of cells within the body when extracted to normal levels, before reintroduction back into the body.

When looking to improves one’s quality of life with lung disease, the first steps should be always be to quit smoking. After that, personal routine and behavior should be addressed with a specific focus on diet and exercise. If these general lifestyle changes are undertaken purposefully, it’s possible to greatly affect the pronouncement of symptoms within your daily life. However, when lifestyle changes fail to improve your quality of life in the way you may expect, it may be time to consider cellular therapy. Rather than addressing the symptoms of lung disease, cellular therapy may directly affect disease progression and may improve your quality of life.

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic lung disease like emphysema, COPD, PF or ILD, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of cellular treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for cellular therapy, and find out what cellular therapy could mean for you.

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20 Comments

  1. Lung Institute

    7 months ago

    Tiffany:

    We are very sorry to hear about your Grandmother and hope we may be able to offer a solution.

    In order to determine if someone is a candidate for treatment, we need to gather more of their private medical history in a secure setting. The best way to do that is by giving us a call and speaking one-on-one with someone on our medical team over our secure phone line.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  2. TIFFANY

    10 months ago

    HELLO… MY GRANDMOTHER WAS DX WITH VALLEY FEVER AROUND 12-14 YEARS AGO. SHE WAS LIVING IN SCOTTSDALE, AZ AT THE TIME OF HER DX & IS NOW IN SUNCITY, FL. THE DOCTORS IN AZ RECOMMENDED FOR HER TO MOVE BACK TO FL FOR “OCEAN AIR”. TO BE HONEST, I THINK IT’S TOO DRY IN ONE STATE AND TOO HUMID IN THE OTHER. NONE THE LESS, SHE IS NOW 89 YEARS OLD WITH A DX OF COPD R/T VALLEY FEVER WITH A HX OF HTN, HYPOTHTHYROID, CALCIFIED PARIETAL TUMOR, NASAL & BRONCHIAL MUCUS PLUGS, HERNIATED LUMBAR DISC NON-CORD INVOLVEMENT, NECK/BACK SPASMS, SINUSITIS, CARDIAC WORK UP 2016 NEGATIVE, BRONCHITIS, SEASONAL/DUST/MOLD ALLERGIES, GERD, ANXIETY, SOB W/ADL’S , IS ON 4-6 NEB TX’S QD (DUONEB, MUCOMYST, BROVONA), O2 2L HS & PRN SOB, HAS HAD ANYWHERE FROM 2-14 BRONCH’s PER YEAR SINCE HER VALLEY FEVER DX. SHE STOPPED SMOKING AT AROUND AGE 40, LIVES IN AN ILF, STILL DOES HER OWN ADL’S-COOKING-DRIVING-SHOPPING-CLEANING, . WOULD SHE BE A CANDIDATE FOR STEM TX?

  3. Phoebe

    11 months ago

    Hi Nicole,

    Many people develop emphysema and COPD after smoking. If you’re a current smoker, we strongly encourage you to stop smoking. Current smokers may not qualify for cellular treatment. We’re happy to answer your questions about cells, treatment options, candidacy and more, so feel free to contact us to speak one-on-one with our dedicated medical team. Give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Phoebe

    11 months ago

    Hi S Horn,

    Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies, Medicare and the VA don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies in the near future. Keep in mind that it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with our medical team on our secure phone line. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  5. S HORN

    11 months ago

    I am on medicare and usually go to the va. do you accept payment thru these federal agencies?

  6. Nicole Shafto

    11 months ago

    Hi do u gUys do steam cell for people with emPhesyn from smoking

  7. Phoebe

    11 months ago

    Hi Teshara,

    No, we don’t treat children at the Lung Institute. We recommend talking with your child’s doctor about what pediatric specialists your child’s doctor recommends that your child see.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Teshara

    11 months ago

    Do you treat children with ILD?

  9. Phoebe

    12 months ago

    Hi Liz,

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy. In order to best answer your questions, we need more medical information from you. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with our medical team over our secure phone line. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  10. Liz

    12 months ago

    DO YOU TREAT ALPHA I?

  11. Phoebe

    12 months ago

    Hi Mamie,

    At the Lung Institute, we treat a variety of chronic lung conditions, including COPD, emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis. We don’t treat PAH. We recommend talking with your doctor about PAH treatment options.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  12. Mamie Mudgett

    12 months ago

    Is this used for PAH?

  13. Phoebe

    12 months ago

    Hi Joyce,

    The Lung Institute has clinics located nationwide in Dallas, TX; Tampa, FL; Pittsburgh, PA; Scottsdale, AZ and Nashville, TN. Treatment cost varies depending on treatment type. To best answer your question, more medical information will be needed. Feel free to contact us to speak with our medical staff over our secure line by calling (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  14. Phoebe

    12 months ago

    Hi Lloyd,

    It’s always a good plan to talk with your doctor about any medications, procedures and treatments. Remember to discuss any changes you have noticed in your overall health, lung health or symptoms. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular treatment, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  15. lloyd

    12 months ago

    I am Lloyd Gorsuch and am 77 years old. I sleep with a c-pack at night. I am getting worse and worse. I am going to see the lung dr in the next few weeks and will talk to him about this. I have been cleared by the heart dr and it is my lungs. i am a retired coal miner and also have done a lot of welding. i can hardly walk anywhere at all without running out of breath. I as going to talk to the dr about this treatment.

  16. Joyce Harbolt

    12 months ago

    What is the cost and where are you located? I am 68 years old living in Tulsa Okl. Thank you!

  17. Phoebe

    1 year ago

    Dear Sharon,

    Thanks for your comment and question. There isn’t an age limit to cell therapy. However, to determine if your friend is a candidate for treatment, more medical information is needed. In order to gather this information, your friend will need to contact us to speak one-on-one with our medical team over our secure phone line. Feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149, and we would be happy to answer your friend’s questions about cellular therapy. We look forward to hearing from you and your friend soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  18. SHARON

    1 year ago

    I have a friend who has had this lung problem for many years. in july, 2015, she was sent home under hospice with “maybe” 30 days to live. well, she’s still alive…
    could this be a possible help for her.? she will be 75 in july…and is in great health…..other than lungs…

  19. Phoebe

    1 year ago

    Hello,

    Thanks for your comment and question. At the Lung Institute, we focus solely on the lungs and treating people with certain chronic lung diseases, such as COPD and pulmonary fibrosis. The cost of our treatments vary depending on treatment type. The Lung Institute is not familiar with or associated with any other clinics, so we don’t know of anyone in the UK. We recommend that you and your uncle talk to your uncle’s doctor about your questions and to gain your uncle’s doctor’s advice. We wish you and your uncle the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  20. Name

    1 year ago

    Good morning, I am a True believer in cell therapy. The option explained here sounds like a wonderful therapeutic way to treat patients with lung disease. My uncle in the U.K. has angina and i am wondering if there are any centers in the U.K. WHO UNDERTAKE THIS PROCEDURE. What is the cost of this treatment here in the Us and would Medical insuranCe assist and/or cover any part Of this procedure.

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