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Comparing Stem Cell Treatment Types

11 Feb 2015
| Under Bone Marrow, COPD, Lung Disease, Treatments, Venous | Posted by | 32 Comments
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Venous or Bone Marrow

The Lung Institute offers a bone marrow option for stem cell treatments. People with the debilitating symptoms of lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pulmonary fibrosis have options for treatment.

Venous Stem Cell Treatment

This purely blood-derived treatment is the least invasive option. If a patient suffers from specific heart conditions, the venous treatment is chosen as a precaution. Venous stem cell treatment may not produce results to the same extent as the bone marrow treatment. In addition, follow-up treatments may need to be performed more often for optimal results.

Bone Marrow Stem Cell Treatment

By using bone marrow to harvest stem cells, patients have the opportunity to breathe easier through the regenerative properties of stem cells. This two-part outpatient procedure is minimally invasive and is completed over the course of three days. Each day will require several hours in our office where the stem cells will be collected and reintroduced into your body. After reintroduction, the stem cells can begin to promote healing and improve your lung function.

The bone marrow stem cell treatment offers better benefits than the venous option. Bone marrow contains a much greater number of adult stem cells than found in peripheral blood. The amount of stem cells harvested from a bone marrow procedure is greater than from peripheral blood, and has proven to have a high patient success rate and a significant improvement on patient quality of life. Now, patients that have previously only qualified for the venous procedure are eligible for the bone marrow treatment.

Regardless of the stem cell treatment that best suits your needs, the Lung Institute is here to help. If you or a loved one suffers from a lung disease and would like to learn more about our stem cell treatments, contact a patient care coordinator at (800) 729-3065 and find out if you qualify.

32 Comments

  1. PB

    2 months ago

    Dear Pat,

    We do our best to answer all comments as quickly as possible. We understand how important it is to have questions answered, and we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have about stem cell therapy. Please feel free to contact us for more information at (855) 313-1149.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. PB

    2 months ago

    Dear Pat,

    Thank you for your comment and for your feedback. To be sure that we did answer her question, we went through the comments on this article. We answered her questions regarding the differences between stem cell therapy and stem cell transplant procedures. At the Lung Institute, we only perform autologous stem cell therapy, which are stem cells derived from the patient’s own body. We’re happy to answer any questions you have regarding stem cell treatment, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with a patient coordinator.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  3. Pat

    2 months ago

    Oops….. I see that you didn’t answer it… sorry

  4. Pat

    2 months ago

    Why didn’t you answer Elizabeth Riggs question three months ago? I think it was a good question

  5. PB

    5 months ago

    Dear Karen,

    First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear that you’ve been going through such a difficult time with COPD and these other conditions. Like you, many people with COPD use oxygen therapy to help them get enough oxygen, and they also need help from family and friends. Because of the personal nature of your questions, it’s best to speak one-on-one over the phone with one of our patient coordinators. They have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost, and they are happy to answer your questions. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149, and we look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Karen

    5 months ago

    My problems are as follows: COPD, Hypothyroidism, Osteoarthritis, Diabetes 2, Hiatal Hernia, Abdominal Aortic Aneurism. From what I understand, it is possible for stem cell therapy to be a replenishment for most or all of these conditions. Is this true? Oh, I am also on oxygen, and have gotten worse in my breathing since being on it. Have gotten to be more dependent on help. Can this also help the arthritis and degeneration of my spine? I can’t stand for more than a couple minutes and then must sit or lay on counter because the pain in my back is so excruciating. Sure would like to be able to breathe and not be in pain 24/7. Do you have a payment schedule? Do you have an age limit? Have finally found happiness with a man I love, and would really love to be able to give back to him for all the care and help he gives to me.

  7. PB

    5 months ago

    Dear Michael,

    Thanks for your question. To have your questions regarding stem cell treatment options, cost and candidacy answered, it’s best to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. They have a wealth of knowledge and are ready to answer your questions. So, feel free to contact us today by calling (855) 313-1149, and we would be happy to answer your questions. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Michael S

    5 months ago

    Can you tell me what would not make someone a candidate? I have a family member with nodules in the lungs.

  9. PB

    6 months ago

    Dear Diane,

    To best answer your questions, we have reached out to our patient coordinators. It’s much easier to explain the process and discuss your questions in a conversation over the phone. Please feel free to contact us at (813) 867-8926 to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  10. Diane S

    6 months ago

    I see you now only offer venous and bone marrow procedures. What happened to the mini liposuction of the fat cells in your stomach as an alternate treatment? I was told this was the very best one as it produced many more stem cells then the other two procedures. I had planned to get this one when I scheduled a treatment.

  11. PB

    6 months ago

    Dear Kimberly,

    Thanks for your questions. At the Lung Institute, all of our procedures use autologous stem cells or stem cells derived from the patient’s own body. Because we only use stem cells derived from the patient’s own body, we don’t use any donor stem cells, so there would not need to be a living relative. You can read more about our treatments by clicking here. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies 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. In the meantime, you can learn more about stem cell treatment options and have your questions answered by one of our patient coordinators. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  12. Kimberly Yeary

    6 months ago

    Writing concerning my husband. He has Asthma and just found out he has COPD, also. He was a heavy smoker for forty or more years. When you mentioned the stem cells and the blood. Does there have to be a living relative to retrieve from? All his family is gone. What about insurance coverage? Does any insurance company cover any of this?

  13. PB

    6 months ago

    Dear Elizabeth,

    Thanks for your questions. Stem cell procedures are complex and can be confusing to understand. Stem cell transplant is different from stem cell therapy. In a stem cell transplant, the stem cells typically come from a donor–like you did for your brother. In the stem cell treatment at the Lung Institute, we only use autologous stem cells or stem cells derived from the patient’s own body through blood or bone marrow tissue. After the stem cells are extracted from the patient, the cells are separated and then returned intravenously to the patient. Because stem cells are slow to respond (and even slower to respond in someone with a chronic illness), by separating and returning the stem cells, more cells are sent directly to the area that needs help, and they can do their job more efficiently. We have created a short video to explain the process of the pulmonary trap in more detail, and you can watch it by clicking here. We are happy to answer any questions you have regarding stem cell therapy, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to speaking with you soon, and we hope you found this information helpful.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  14. PB

    6 months ago

    Dear Frederick,

    Thanks for your questions. We’re not affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic. If you have questions regarding stem cell treatment options at the Lung Institute, we would be happy to answer them. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with a patient coordinator and have your questions answered. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  15. Elizabeth Riggs

    6 months ago

    Several years ago I provided stem cells for transplant to my brother. In that case the stem cells were separated from my blood, and the blood was cycled back to me. I don’t understand how your procedure works, because the description is not like the harvesting I experienced previously. Also, as I understand your procedure, no “extra” stem cells are provided; the same number of cells are just returned to the body the same day. Why didn’t those stem cells stop in the lungs during the normal course of circulation and work on the inflammation there? How does this process effect a change?

  16. Frederick Hillegas

    6 months ago

    Does the Cleveland Clinic have anything to do what you do? I used to work for Fairview Hospital. My doctor is Costel. I am in very bad shape! What can be done?

  17. PB

    7 months ago

    Dear Ursula,

    First and foremost, we are sorry to hear that your husband has been going through such a difficult time with COPD and bronchiectasis. We would be happy to speak with you and your husband regarding stem cell treatment options and to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 today to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  18. Ursula L Gregg

    7 months ago

    My husband has severe COPD, including Bronchiectasis. He also has avascular necrosis in both hips due to chronic steroid use for his COPD. He is oxygen dependent and in severe pain. He has no energy and the medications he takes for his pain and anxiety starting to affect his Memory. We are interested in the bone marrow stem cell treatment. We’ve been told bone marrow extraction is performed under general anesthesia as it is a painful procedure. A coworker ‘s husband recently had venous stem cell procedure at your Institute. She highly recommended your facility.

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  19. PB

    7 months ago

    Hello John,

    Thanks for your comment and question. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies don’t cover treatment. It will likely take some time before insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered in the future. In the meantime, we would be happy to answer your questions regarding stem cell therapy, so feel free to contact us today by calling (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  20. John Franklin

    7 months ago

    I just learned that I have C.O.P.D. I would like to know if United Health Care would cover the cost of Venous Treatment?

  21. PB

    8 months ago

    Hello Jean,

    To sign-up for a webinar, you can go to our events page, click on the date of the webinar you wish to attend, and then at the bottom of that page, there will be a place for you to fill-in information. Fill-in that information and click submit. Also, please feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149, and we would be happy to help you over the phone.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  22. Jean Crisp

    8 months ago

    After speaking initially with your representative, she was going to send me a link for your webinar. I have been unable to locate this link to obtain more information (In detail)

  23. PB

    8 months ago

    Dear Jimmy,

    We’re sorry to hear that you have been going through such a difficult time. Many people with lung diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis experience similar issues. Because your doctor knows you and your health the best, it’s important to discuss your questions and concerns with your doctor. If you would like more information about stem cell treatment options, we would be happy to answer them. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  24. Jimmy Raper

    8 months ago

    I have pulmonary fibrosis, been on oxygen nearly two years I can walk 100 ft. without it can set for long period of time without it. when I lift something or walk up a few steps oxygen drops fast,was walking 4 miles a day until a 3 week period I couldnot walk a hundred dr put me on oxygen had ct scan same as one I had 2 years earlier I cannot figure what changed to cause oxygen. thanks

  25. PB

    8 months ago

    Dear Robert,

    Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, at this time, the VA does not provide help for the cost of treatment. However, we would be happy to answer any questions you have about stem cells, treatment options and cost. Feel free to contact us today by calling (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  26. Robert Green

    8 months ago

    Has the Veteran Administration provided any help with the cost of the treatment for veterans?

  27. PB

    8 months ago

    Hello Henry,

    Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies 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. In the meantime, you can learn more about stem cell treatment options and have your questions answered by one of our patient coordinators. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  28. henry hebb

    8 months ago

    does insurance cover the costs of either stem cell procedure

  29. Cameron Kennerly

    9 months ago

    Hello Barry,

    First and foremost we’d like to thank you for your question. We feel great empathy for your wife’s condition. Regarding treatment results, within a recent study, we’ve achieved an 84% success rate with patients finding an improvement to their quality of life within the first 3 months of treatment. Although stem cell therapy is not yet covered by insurance, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149 for more information on treatment and what stem cell therapy could mean for your wife’s quality of life.

    We look forward to hearing from you Barry,

    -The Lung Institute

  30. Barry Shirley

    9 months ago

    My wife has severe COPD and just feels lousy all the time. I have been reading about your process and I would like to know what you, if you can, could anticipate improvement in my wife’s life style after going through your process? Is you treatment covered by insurance?

  31. Cameron Kennerly

    10 months ago

    Hello CJ,

    First and foremost we’d like to thank you for your feedback as engagement is always appreciated. In response to your questions, although the Mayo Clinic is currently researching stem cell therapy, stem cell research and stem cell treatment has been ongoing since the 1950’s. In addition, our operational and treatment protocols fall under the practice of medicine due to the exceptions given in FDA Regulations 1271.10 and 1271.15.

    Thanks again for your questions CJ,

    -The Lung Institute

  32. CJ Brit

    10 months ago

    I see dr. Cassivi, with Mayo Clinic is “researching stem cell therapy. The question for you is:
    If Mayo is still in research mode” on this type of treatment, how is it that the lung institute is providing it? Is this a clinical trial?

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