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Is Emphysema a Fatal Disease?

23 Aug 2017
| Under Disease Education, Emphysema, Lung Disease | Posted by | 14 Comments
Is Emphysema a Fatal Disease?

There is no cure for emphysema. However, describing it as “fatal” may not be entirely accurate. While emphysema does shorten life expectancy, many patients are able to manage their symptoms with treatment and live long, fulfilling lives.

The long-term effects of emphysema and other forms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) largely depend on the extent of the disease at diagnosis. For example, according to the National Institutes of Health, an individual who is diagnosed with stage 1 or 2 COPD may have a life expectancy that is, at most, a few years shorter than someone without lung disease. On the other hand, someone who is diagnosed with stage 3 or 4 COPD may lose approximately six years of life expectancy.

It is important to note that each case is unique and should be treated as such. There are several factors that can positively or negatively influence an emphysema patient’s prognosis, including:

  • The age at diagnosis
  • The specific type of emphysema
  • The patient’s overall health
  • Lifestyle factors such as weight, diet and smoking habits

Because there is not yet a cure for emphysema, traditional treatment methods like supplemental oxygen therapy and inhaled corticosteroids focus on helping patients breathe more easily and maintain a positive quality of life. While this approach is often effective for patients with early-stage emphysema, symptoms can become more severe and harder to manage as the disease progresses.

The Lung Institute offers an alternative form of care to emphysema patients who don’t find satisfactory relief from their symptoms with traditional treatments alone. As the world’s first cellular therapy center to focus exclusively on pulmonary disease, the Lung Institute is a leader in cellular therapy. This innovative treatment leverages the body’s natural ability to heal itself and uses the patient’s own cells to help preserve lung function, reduce inflammation and slow disease progression.

If you are ready to explore your alternative treatment options for emphysema, we encourage you to contact the Lung Institute at (800) 729-3065 to speak with a member of our devoted medical team.

14 Comments

  1. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Mark:

    Thank you for your question. Many doctors are reluctant to recommend a treatment that is not considered typical treatment for a disease. Once a treatment has been accepted in the mainstream more doctors typically get on board.

    85 percent of our patients report an improved quality of life after three months of treatment. We have done research and continue to do research to make sure the patient receives the best quality of care. We have published a White Paper with our latest findings, which you can find on our resources page. For more information about treatment options and about our study, please feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  2. mark pain

    3 months ago

    hi i was told by my lung specialist that cellular treatment does not work and is a waist of money how true is this ?

  3. Lung Institute

    4 months ago

    Norman:

    Thank you for your comment and question. It is difficult to make any statement regarding life expectancy whether you have had cellular treatment or not. Each individual is different and any statement about life expectancy is merely a guess by a medical professional. All we can add is that anything you do to address the disease, such as stopping smoking, a better diet, etc, will have a positive effect on your lungs and more than likely prolong your life.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Lung Institute

    4 months ago

    Ray:

    Thank you for your question. Stem cell treatment is a medical procedure and we are very happy to discuss financial arrangements with you. Each patient is unique, so it is not easy to tell them exactly what their treatment might cost.

    We understand that each patient is unique and has individual needs. Because of that, we make sure to go over the patient’s history and our treatment options in detail with each patient. In order to determine if someone is a candidate for treatment, we need to gather more of their private medical history in a secure setting. The best way to do that is by giving us a call and speaking one-on-one with someone on our medical team over our secure phone line. We’re happy to answer your questions about cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  5. Norman degross

    4 months ago

    Can you give me about how much longer the patient lives after the blood transfusion, I guess the question is how does it effect your condition vs not doing it? Thanks And is my Condition better for breathing

  6. RAY C TINCHER

    4 months ago

    I understand the cellular treatment is very expensive? is there any financial aid for patients with average income?

  7. Lung Institute

    5 months ago

    Larry:

    Thank you for your comment. We are not sure about cell research at VA hospitals but we have done quite a lot of research on our cellular treatments for lung disease. We also have testimonials from patients who have had our treatments.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy for COPD. Our dedicated medical team has a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy and more. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with someone from our medical team over our secure phone line. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  8. larry phelps

    5 months ago

    i’m a veteran enrolled with the va hospital erie pa. i would like to know about it , i have done a little reserch on line about va hospitals that do have cell resurch ?

  9. Lung Institute

    6 months ago

    Eileen:

    Thank you for contacting us. We have five clinic locations around the United States.
    Tampa
    Nashville
    Scottsdale
    Pittsburgh
    Dallas

    Tampa
    Nashville
    Scottsdale
    Pittsburgh
    Dallas

    In the meantime, you can learn more about cellular 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.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  10. Eileen Schneider

    6 months ago

    Where are You located

  11. Lung Institute

    8 months ago

    Kim:

    Thank you for your message. We hope this reply may help answer your question. The difficulty in determining life expectancy is because there are various stages of lung disease and also when the disease was diagnosed. Here is a link to an article that may help.

    Our dedicated medical team has a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy and more. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with someone from our medical team over our secure phone line. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  12. Lung Institute

    8 months ago

    James:

    You are doing the right thing by quitting smoking. That is a great first step. We would recommend seeing your doctor to see what he/she recommends for treating mild emphysema.

    If you would like to talk with one of our patient coordinators we have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. So, feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  13. eung soo kim

    8 months ago

    I heard mild emphysema and quiting smocking live long life
    Please answer to me
    Thank you

  14. Lung Institute

    8 months ago

    eung soo kim

    Thank you for your message. We are sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis. It is impossible for us to comment on life expectancy. We can say that 84 percent of those getting our cellular treatments experience an improved quality of life.

    By using autologous cells derived from the patient’s own body, cell therapy works to harness the body’s natural healing ability. This form of treatment is remarkable for its ability to ease the symptoms of lung disease and address its progression, all within a minimally invasive procedure with demonstrated effectiveness.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy for COPD. Our dedicated medical team has a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy and more. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with someone from our medical team over our secure phone line. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind regards,

    The Lung Institute

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