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Cellular Treatment Therapy for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

25 Jan 2017
| Under Lung Disease, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Treatments | Posted by | 12 Comments
Cellular Therapy for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis can develop for unknown causes. Here’s what you can do about it.

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a subset of pulmonary fibrosis in which the pathology cannot be accurately determined. In short, this means that the causes for the development of the disease are unknown. Unfortunately for some, this can mean that even those who have never smoked or been around cigarettes can develop the disease. As a subset of pulmonary fibrosis diagnoses, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a restrictive lung disease that occurs through the continued development of scar tissue within the lungs. As scar tissue continues to build, this increases inflammation within the airways leading to more obstructed, which ultimately restricts breathing. Although idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is difficult to treat, there are natural treatments available to address disease symptoms as well as overall progression.

With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to give you an overview of Cellular Therapy for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, how it works and what it can do for those living with IPF.

What Is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis?

As mentioned above, IPF is a form of pulmonary fibrosis in which a root cause for the disease cannot be determined. In IPF, progressive pulmonary scarring thickens and hardens airways of the lungs. As this occurs, oxygen within the lungs becomes obstructed, creating the symptom of feeling short of breath while at rest. Though the disease affects each individual differently, it’s general pathophysiology is important to understand, particularly when seeking treatment.

What Can Cellular Therapy Do for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Cellular Therapy for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Treating IPF can be difficult because the resulting scar tissue cannot be cured or removed through traditional treatment options. Although effective medications exist to reduce the rate of fibrosis (scar tissue build-up), the development of this disease can cause other fundamental problems such as airway inflammation that must be addressed by other means. Doctors place IPF into stages to help them better understand disease severity and to develop a treatment plan.

Cellular therapy is a treatment process that extracts cells from a patient’s blood then reintroduces them intravenously, where they become trapped in the lungs. Here, the cells act as the body’s natural healing mechanism, working to relieve inflammation and promote healing. In this practice, cellular therapy not only reduces disease symptoms but can aid in slowing the disease’s progression.

How Do I Know if Cellular Therapy for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Is Right for Me?

When searching for a treatment for your condition, always do your research and seek out all the available options. Medications such as pirfenidone have shown great progress in reducing scar tissue development in those living with IPF. However, it’s pertinent to understand that few traditional medications are without side effects. In the case of pirfenidone, abdominal pain, dizziness, and weight loss are common.

Surgical procedures such as lung transplants and lung-volume reduction surgery can also be helpful in dramatically effecting disease progression and restoring quality of life. Nonetheless, these forms of surgery can be quite invasive, requiring weeks of further medication and pulmonary rehabilitation.

Although few treatments are perfect, cellular therapy has shown significant effects in its treatment of lung disease with few if any adverse effects. In choosing a treatment option, it’s best to weigh out the pros and cons of any treatment, and decide what’s best for you and your condition. Regardless of the treatment path you take, the key is to start as early as possible addressing the progression of the disease at its source, and minimizing further damage to your quality of life.

Moving Forward

Cellular Therapy for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

The indeterminable cause of IPF can be difficult to deal with, but tackling the disease and its symptoms head-on is the best course of action. Challenging as IPF may be, new discoveries are made every day in the field of cellular research. Addressing the disease can mean anything from changing one’s diet to consistently exercising. Quitting smoking is also a must for those looking to improve their health and quality of life. It may be time to consider cellular therapy. Cellular therapy for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis works to promote healing from within the lungs. Rather than only addressing the symptoms of lung disease, cellular therapy may affect disease progression and may improve quality of life and pulmonary function.

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like IPF, COPD, ILD or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult cellular therapy 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.

Interested in our article on Cellular Therapy for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis? Share your thoughts and comments below.


  1. Lung Institute

    8 months ago


    We are very sorry to hear about your wife and wish her the best.

    Please contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment, candidacy and cost. We hope to hear from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Michael king

    9 months ago

    My wife is a Lung traNsplant patient she only receive one lung 6 years a go and now in rejection her docTor has told us the IPF lung is woRking at less then 25 % would steam cell thErapy, help

  3. Phoebe

    11 months ago

    Hi Nova,

    First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear about the difficulties and challenges your father has been facing with IPF. Like you father, many people with IPF have trouble breathing, have low blood oxygen levels and take medications to help manage their symptoms. At the Lung Institute, we treat people living with certain chronic lung diseases, including IPF. We have clinics throughout the United States. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with our dedicated medical team. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Nova Tasha

    11 months ago

    My father is nearing his 8th year on treatment for IPF. The disease Is thought to be 12 years running for him.

    He can work, walk for a few meters until he is overwhelmed with difficulty and has massive trouble climbing the staIrs.
    He is a professor at a university in bangladesh where he still continues to work.
    He was told m
    By the doctors that lung trabsplant was the only way, since BangladeSh is not very advanced in this secTor if Medical treatment.
    He receives PirfEnidone 200mg daily, PRednocolone 5mg along with manu other meds. Nintedanib isn’t available here in bangladesh.
    His oxygen level stands less than 70 in his blood.

    He is vaccinated against flu and PneUmonia.
    Can you Please let me know what his possibilities are to receive cell therapy.
    Thank you

  5. Matt

    1 year ago

    Hello Liburn,
    Thank you for your question. Our suggestion is to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. That way one of our patient coordinators can get familiar with your situation and give you the best information possible. Thanks again and have a great day.

  6. Lilburn (Will) Wilburn

    1 year ago

    My wife was diagnosed with IPF in January 2012 at the Cleveland Clinic. They did a lung biopsy. We were told her only cure would be a lung transplant. She was 68 years old. She said she did not want the transplant. She is now on number 5 on her oxygen. Would cells help her condition?

  7. Matt

    1 year ago

    Hello Tariq,
    Thank you for your questions.
    We do treat pulmonary fibrosis patients with cell therapy. The Lung Institute operates five clinics in the United States (Pittsburgh, PA; Nashville, TN; Tampa, FL; Dallas, TX; and Scottsdale, AZ) and your cousin would need to come to one of our clinics for treatment. We offer an out-patient procedure which is done over three days. The cost of treatment depends on which treatment option is best. In order to know which treatment option is best, more medical information is needed. For more information, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. Thanks again and have a great day.

  8. Tariq Surahyo

    1 year ago

    My cousin has been suffering from IPF(Pulmonary Fibrosis) since last two years. I wish to inquire about the therapy that you offer:
    is it effective for IPF?
    Have you treated any IPF patients with success?
    How long is your treatment?
    How much does it cost?
    Can a patient be treated by you living in Pakistan?
    Kindly reply me in details.

  9. M R

    1 year ago

    Hello Victoria,
    Thank you for your post. If you’re interested in learning more about cell therapy as a lung disease treatment, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. Thanks again and have a great day.

  10. victoria boan

    1 year ago

    I have been diagnosed with ipf….will be 2yrs in may. I feel that I am getting much worse…I’m on O2 24-7…I also take esbriet. Would like more info on the cell procedure & if i’d be candidate.

  11. M R

    1 year ago

    Hello Nancy,
    Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, insurance does not cover our treatment at this time. It usually takes several years before insurance companies begin covering newer medical treatments, once they’ve seen a financial benefit in their favor first. Click here to learn more about this.

    The cost of treatment depends on which treatment option is selected. In order to know which treatment option is best, more medical information is needed. Please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. That way one of our patient coordinators can go over everything with you. Thanks again and have a great day.

  12. Nancy Densmore

    1 year ago

    If I am on a fixed income how much would it cost me or does humana pay for it or just so much?

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