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Cellular Treatment for COPD: What You Need to Know

Stem Cell Treatment for COPD: What You Need to Know

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects everyone differently and at different rates of progression. Because there are a variety of COPD treatment options, it can be challenging to know which treatments are right for you. You and your doctor will work together to develop an individualized treatment plan that’s best for you. Traditional COPD treatments include medications, inhalers and oxygen therapy, and they work to manage disease symptoms. One alternative treatment option is cellular therapy for COPD, which works differently than traditional COPD treatments. Here’s what you need to know about cellular therapy for COPD.

What are cells?

With the ability to self-renew and replicate, cells are the building blocks of life and are essential to every organism. Adult cells are called undifferentiated cells, meaning that cells from one part of the body can transform their function to that of other types of tissue. This quality is known as plasticity, and plasticity is the key function of cells in regenerative medicine.

What is cellular therapy for COPD?

Cellular treatment for COPD works to promote healing from within the lungs. With the potential to address disease progression and improve lung function, many people turn to cellular therapy for COPD.

The cells are extracted from the patient’s blood. Next, the cells are separated in our on-site lab, and then they are returned to the patient intravenously. Once the cells are returned to the patient, they can begin to promote healing.

A common question about cellular therapy for COPD is “how do cells get to the lungs?” When a substance, such as medication, blood or cells, is introduced to the body through an IV, it is carried in the bloodstream directly to the right side of the heart. Within a heartbeat or two, it is pushed directly into the lungs. The circulatory system then distributes the substance throughout the body.

For cells, this process is a bit different. In studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), researchers found that, while cells undergo the same process, they become trapped in the lungs rather than dispersing throughout the body in the bloodstream. This process, in which cells aggregate in the lungs, is known as the pulmonary trap.

What are my cellular therapy options?

Cellular Treatment for COPD: What You Need to Know

At the Lung Institute, we offer cellular therapy for many major pulmonary conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease.

The Lung Institute uses  cells derived from the patient’s body. These cells are also known as adult cells and can be extracted from blood.

The venous treatment is purely blood-derived and specializes in hematopoietic cells.  All of the cellular therapys at the Lung Institute are outpatient and minimally invasive.

Many people report feeling better, breathing easier and living a more active lifestyle after receiving cellular therapy. If you or a loved one has COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or another chronic lung disease and would like to learn more about cellular therapy options, contact us at (800) 729-3065.

12 Comments

  1. Phoebe

    1 year ago

    Dear Sonya,

    Thank you for your comment. At the Lung Institute, we answer people’s questions in the comment section of our articles as quickly as possible. If people have additional questions, we’re happy to answer those as well. We encourage people to contact us at (855) 313-1149, so we can answer each question thoroughly. Thank you again for your comment, and we wish you the best.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Sonya

    1 year ago

    If your not going to answer peoples legitimate questions, you should remove the comment section….it makes the institution seem irresponsible and not knowledgeable…only picking and choosing the questions you answer seems a bit. Stupid

  3. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Alice,

    Thanks for your comment and question. Stem cell treatment happens over the course of three days at our Lung Institute clinic. While some people decide to have booster treatments to continue the progress they have seen, others decide not to. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular treatment, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Wanda,

    Thanks for your comment and questions. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies and Medicare don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies and Medicare 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. Treatment cost varies depending on treatment type. Like any medication or medical procedure, there are some people who see many improvements and some people who don’t. While many people see improvements after receiving cellular treatment, there are some who don’t see the results they had hoped for. Currently, there isn’t a cure for COPD. COPD is a progressive form of lung disease, meaning that even with treatment, it will worsen over time. However, treatment options are available to help people live a more full life and breathe easier. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular treatment, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  5. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Marie,

    Thanks for your comment and question. Our Lung Institute cell procedures are only performed at Lung Institute clinics. Currently, we have Lung Institute clinics nationwide in Dallas, TX; Tampa, FL; Scottsdale, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; and Nashville, TN. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular treatment for COPD, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Virginia,

    Thanks for you comment. To learn more about what foods to try, click here. To learn more about what foods to avoid, click here. Remember, it’s important to discuss changes to your diet with your doctor before trying a new diet. We hope this information is helpful.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  7. Marie Bates

    1 year ago

    I am in a healthcare center, nothing is being done to me to improve my situation (COPD). I learned so much from your article on cellular treatment…does that have to be done in a “specialized” hospital or can my pulmanologist take care of this for me? Woul love to know your answer. I will be looking forward to your response, thank you.

  8. Wanda VanDeman

    1 year ago

    How much does this therapy cost? Is it covered by Medicare? I have been diagnosed with severe COPD. I am 71 years old, almost 72. Is this treatment always or at least almost always successful? How much improvement can one expect? What is required to be qualified for this treatment?

  9. virginia

    1 year ago

    I like to get a booklet what to eat and what not to get with copdthanks

  10. Alice

    1 year ago

    Is cellular treatment a one time process or does it need to be continuous? I am currently on oxygen and use inhaled medication.
    Thank you.

  11. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Patty,

    Thanks for your comment. We’re glad that you found this information helpful and informative. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 if you have other questions about cellular treatment for COPD, and we would be happy to answer them. We wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  12. patty

    1 year ago

    Thank you for being one of the FIRST to actually explain your program. Too often, this site gives you a nibble and leaves you scratching your head anticipating answers and there aren’t any.

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