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Is Emphysema Curable?

8 Aug 2017
| Under Emphysema, Lung Disease | Posted by | 0 Comments
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There is no cure for emphysema, but certain treatment methods may help ease the uncomfortable symptoms associated with the condition. Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that causes shortness of breath. Symptoms may be mild at first, but can worsen and negatively impact quality of life as the disease progresses.

Traditional treatment for emphysema focuses on improving breathing and reducing coughing episodes through methods like supplemental oxygen, bronchodilators and inhaled steroids. Many emphysema patients also participate in pulmonary therapy to help promote lung function and improve their ability to exercise without feeling breathless. In severe cases where traditional treatments are not effective, lung transplantation may be recommended.

While there is not yet a treatment that can totally reverse the effects of emphysema, autologous stem cell therapy has shown promising results as an alternative course of care in certain patients with COPD. This treatment involves utilizing the patient’s own stem cells to promote natural healing within the lungs. Many COPD patients who have received stem cell therapy have reported an improvement in their overall quality of life following the procedure.

The Lung Institute is the nation’s only stem cell therapy center focused exclusively on addressing lung disease. We encourage you to contact us at (800) 729-3065 if your emphysema symptoms are not responding to traditional treatment methods. Our devoted and compassionate medical team will be happy to discuss how stem cell therapy may be able to improve your quality of life and determine if you are a candidate for emphysema treatment.

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