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Is Emphysema a Fatal Disease?

23 Aug 2017
| Under Disease Education, Emphysema, Lung Disease | Posted by | 8 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 stem cell therapy center to focus exclusively on pulmonary disease, the Lung Institute is a leader in autologous stem cell transplants. This innovative treatment leverages the body’s natural ability to heal itself and uses the patient’s own stem 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.

8 Comments

  1. Lung Institute

    2 weeks ago

    Larry:

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

    We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell therapy for COPD. Our dedicated medical team has a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, 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

  2. larry phelps

    2 weeks 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 stem cell resurch ?

  3. Lung Institute

    4 weeks 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 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.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Eileen Schneider

    4 weeks ago

    Where are You located

  5. Lung Institute

    3 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 stem cells, 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

  6. Lung Institute

    3 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 stem cells, 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

  7. eung soo kim

    3 months ago

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

  8. Lung Institute

    3 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 stem cell treatments experience an improved quality of life.

    By using autologous stem cells derived from the patient’s own body, stem 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 stem cell therapy for COPD. Our dedicated medical team has a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, 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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