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COPD Patients Are Saying ‘Yes’ to Stem Cells at the Lung Institute in Tampa

4 Nov 2016
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COPD Patients Are Saying ‘Yes’ to Stem Cells at the Lung Institute in Tampa

Tampa, Fla., November 4, 2016 – Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects 24 million people in the United States, and with standard of care for chronic lung disease remaining unchanged for over a decade, advancements in regenerative medicine have led a number of people with COPD to opt for alternative treatment methods such as stem cell therapy. The Lung Institute in Tampa is the leader in treating select pulmonary conditions using autologous stem cell therapy, which refers to the use of stem cells derived from a patient’s bone marrow or blood. The Lung Institute Tampa recently celebrated treating 3,000 patients since opening three years ago.

Kathleen B. of Amherst, OH, recently received stem cell treatment for COPD from the Lung Institute in Tampa. Unable to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, Kathleen decided with her husband to try stem cell therapy from the Lung Institute.

“We quit going out to eat because I would come out, and I would be exhausted,” she said. “I would get out into the foyer of the restaurant and I would be gasping, so we quit going out to dinner, and we quit doing a lot of things because I just couldn’t do them anymore. And I think most people can relate who have breathing problems.”

Kathleen and her husband understood the treatment might not be successful, but decided it was their best option.

“Everybody’s skeptical. I was skeptical,” her husband said. “At the onset, we were anxiously awaiting to see some improvement. And as time passed, we did see some improvement. And it got to the point where, in Kathleen’s words, ‘I almost feel normal.’”

November is National COPD Awareness Month, created to raise awareness about a disease with staggering death rates that receives surprisingly little attention. People die from COPD every day, but because COPD is seen as a self-inflicted result of smoking, people tend to be less sympathetic. Many people don’t realize that not everyone with COPD is a current or ex-smoker. According to an article on Everyday Health, about 20 percent of people with COPD never smoked.

When faced with a deadly illness like COPD, a strong support group is imperative. “It almost takes a team to get through this type of illness,” said Kathleen’s husband. “If you’ve got a good team, then you’re okay.”

“And we have a good team,” Kathleen said.

About the Lung Institute 

The Lung Institute is the leading medical provider of regenerative cellular therapy for lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease in the United States. To date the organization has treated over 3,000 patients. The Lung Institute’s in-house outcomes summary shows that 84.5 percent of COPD patients studied saw an improvement in their quality of life. In 2013, the Lung Institute in Tampa, Fla. opened. Now, the Lung Institute operates clinics in Tampa, Fla., Nashville, Tenn., Scottsdale, Ariz., and Pittsburgh, Pa. and Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visit www.lunginstitute.com or call (800) 382-8095.


  1. Lung Institute

    3 months ago


    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.


    The Lung Institute

  2. Margie Hasenbuhler

    3 months ago

    Does social security or Humana cover any of the stem cell cost?

  3. M R

    1 year ago

    Hello Carolyn,
    Thank you for your question. 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 our patient coordinators can go over everything with you. Thanks again and have a great day.

  4. Carolyn Reid

    1 year ago

    Can you give me the cost of this treatment? I am interested, but need to find out if it is affordable.

* All treatments performed at Lung Institute utilize autologous stem cells, meaning those derived from a patient's own body. No fetal or embryonic stem cells are utilized in Lung Institute's procedures. Lung Institute aims to improve patients' quality of life and help them breathe easier through the use of autologous stem cell therapy. To learn more about how stem cells work for lung disease, click here.

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