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Living with Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Stem Cell Therapy Review

Living with Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Stem Cell Therapy Review

Similar to living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), living with pulmonary fibrosis presents many challenges on a daily basis. While COPD and pulmonary fibrosis are two different types of chronic lung disease, they share similar symptoms. Both cause severe shortness of breath, a persistent cough and fatigue. While COPD causes inflammation and the production of excess mucus in the lungs, pulmonary fibrosis scars the lungs, causing the intricate passageways to thicken and harden. Living with pulmonary fibrosis, COPD or another chronic lung disease can make it difficult to feel like yourself. While there is not a cure for pulmonary fibrosis, treatment options are available. Our patient, Joseph O, shares his story about living with pulmonary fibrosis and his personal stem cell therapy review.

How did Joseph manage living with pulmonary fibrosis?

Joseph’s life significantly changed when he was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. As his quality of life continued to decline, Joseph noticed that simple, daily tasks became nearly impossible to do. Joseph couldn’t walk more than 50 feet–whether to his mailbox or up a flight of stairs. He couldn’t stand up and have a conversation with someone. However, one of the hardest challenges he faced was brushing his teeth. In order for Joseph to brush his teeth, he had to sit at his sink.

To help ensure that Joseph received enough oxygen, his doctors prescribed oxygen therapy, which he used 24/7, and his blood oxygen levels were in the 80s. Looking to take a proactive step in his healthcare, Joseph looked up the Lung Institute to learn more about stem cell therapy for pulmonary fibrosis. After speaking with his patient coordinator, Joseph felt ready to give stem cell therapy a try and scheduled his treatment.

How does Joseph feel after stem cell treatment?

Living with Pulmonary Fibrosis: A Stem Cell Therapy Review

It took Joseph about 6 months before he saw any noticeable changes to his health. Feeling better, Joseph went to his pulmonologist and shared the good news. After a CT scan of his lungs, even his pulmonologist is impressed with Joseph’s results. Joseph also shared the good news with his pulmonary rehabilitation program, encouraging people to learn more about stem cell therapy with the Lung Institute.

Now, Joseph can enjoy his favorite activities and daily tasks again without worrying about his lungs or his health. He can climb a flight of stairs without any trouble, and his family and friends have seen great improvements in Joseph as well. As Joseph says, his family jumps up and down at his improvements. Once on oxygen all day and all night, Joseph was able to reduce and eventually completely stop using supplemental oxygen. In fact, his blood oxygen levels have also improved and have remained steady at 98-99. Now, living with pulmonary fibrosis has completely changed for Joseph.

“I feel like a million dollars,” says Joseph.

What is Joseph’s stem cell therapy review?

Joseph has had other kinds of major medical procedures in the past, and he can understand how people could be worried or afraid about trying a new procedure. Even though Joseph wasn’t sure if stem cell therapy would help him improve living with pulmonary fibrosis or not, he is glad he gave it a try. As Joseph says, “I’m so glad I made the decision to do what I did. I feel fine.”

If you or a loved one has pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, COPD or another chronic lung disease and would like to see results like Joseph’s, contact us at (800) 729-3065 to learn more about your stem cell treatment options.


  1. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Thomas,

    Thanks for your comment and question. 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. Treatment cost varies depending on treatment type, so to answer your question, it’s best to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment, candidacy and cost, and we’re happy to answer your questions. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Thomas whatmore

    1 year ago

    My husband has been diagnosed with copd and lung fibrosis he is on oxygen 24/7 on number 7. We are interested in your program and live in fort Myers do the distance is not a problem. We have united health aarp insurance. Would like to know if this program is covered or what a out of pocket charge would be

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