The official blog of the Lung Institute.
Looking back on history, we remember a time when women didn’t have the rights that they do now. Prior to 1919, women didn’t have any way to express their thoughts and desires through public policy. As a result of first-wave feminists such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony questioning the status quo, 1920 marked the first year that women could vote. This major social change noted a moment in history when women finally had the right to take control of their own life. Since then, women have been continuously working for gender equality and new ways to express their freedom.
Consider the years that women were trapped; they remained silent while searching for a way they could affect society and be heard. The right to vote made it possible for women to be involved in their own everyday life. Since we live in a democracy, public policy is decided through voting, but without the ability to partake in the national conversation, the lives of women were being decided by others. In many ways, the history of women’s suffrage is similar to the road to regenerative medicine advancements.
Much like women fighting for equality, patients have been fighting for a new way to treat their chronic lung disease. Now, with the advancement of stem cell therapy, sufferers of chronic lung disease are no longer limited to the confines of traditional medicine—which simply involves managing symptoms rather than their disease. Stem cell therapy, much like women’s voting rights, opens the door to people taking control of their life by giving people a voice.
For years, people accepted the status quo, and for people suffering from a chronic lung disease such as COPD or interstitial lung disease, the status quo meant a constant struggle for oxygen, endless shortness of breath and a life with no hope. As an incurable disease, most sufferers felt that they didn’t have any options. But today, lung disease sufferers are no longer stuck living in the status quo.
Stem cell therapy provides another option for sufferers to breathe easier. The Lung Institute team is composed of driven individuals who are dedicated to challenging the incurable with regenerative medicine. People are no longer forced to accept the fate of continual disease progression and an eventual lung transplant or invasive lung reduction. Stem cell therapy harnesses the innate healing power of a patient’s own stem cells in order to help promote healing to damaged lung tissue.
Today, lung disease can be treated with adult stem cells harvested from the patient’s own blood or bone marrow to replace damaged lung cells with healthy ones. According to the Lung Institute’s website, lunginstitute.com, this innovative procedure may slow the progression of the disease, but it may improve lung function and reduce inflammation.
Much like the fight for women’s voting rights, doctors and patients have been diligently looking for a new way to treat lung disease. Now, with the advancement of stem cell therapy, patients finally have a way to combat disease progression and live better. As with any change, some physicians and patients may be slower to adopt new ideas while clinging to traditional approaches; however, just as social change made it possible for women to have a voice in the government, clinical advancements like stem cell therapy are making it possible for patients to have a voice in their healthcare. If the fight for equality is any sign of the future of stem cell therapy, there is no doubt that stem cells will become the status quo for treating lung disease.