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Pulmonary fibrosis is a condition that usually becomes more severe over time. As lung scarring and inflammation become more pronounced, they can significantly impact a person’s life expectancy and quality of life.
The extent of this impact, however, can vary from person to person. Some people with pulmonary fibrosis live for many years after their diagnosis and are able to participate in most, if not all, of their normal daily activities. Other people have more severe complications that interfere with their day-to-day function and affect their overall outcome.
Factors that can influence a person’s prognosis include his or her:
- Medical history
- Personal response to treatment
A person’s lifestyle can also impact his or her prognosis. For instance, people who do not smoke often have a better life expectancy than those who use tobacco products. People who exercise regularly also tend to have a higher quality of life.
Currently, there is no cure for pulmonary fibrosis. However, it may be possible to slow the progression of the disease. Stem cell therapy, for instance, is an alternative treatment option that has the potential to alleviate inflammation.
At the Lung Institute, we offer two types of stem cell therapy for pulmonary fibrosis. Both of these treatments use a patient’s own stem cells to promote the body’s natural healing process. These therapies are offered on an outpatient basis and are not associated with any major side effects. More than 80 percent of our patients report an improved quality of life after receiving stem cell therapy at the Lung Institute.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and would like to learn more about stem cell therapy, contact us at (800) 729-3065. Our caring and experienced team is here for you whenever you are ready.