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Lung Institute Announces a Treatment for Pulmonary Sarcoidosis

Announces a Treatment for Sarcoidosis

The Lung Institute is excited to announce the ability to treat another debilitating lung disease. Sarcoidosis is a disease caused by targeted areas of inflammation. It can affect any part of the body, but it typically targets essential organs such as the skin, eyes, lungs, liver and heart. Most commonly, sarcoidosis targets an individual’s lungs resulting in inflammation and difficulty breathing. It is estimated that 90 percent of sarcoidosis cases target the lungs; these cases are aptly named pulmonary sarcoidosis.

Pulmonary Sarcoidosis

Pulmonary sarcoidosis involves small patches of inflamed cell that appear on the lungs and associated lymph nodes. At this point, the lungs become stiff and are unable to hold as much air as healthy lungs. This causes a severe shortness of breath. Depending on severity, pulmonary sarcoidosis can cause permanent scarring in the lungs, which affects the lungs’ ability to move oxygen into the bloodstream.

The potential prognosis associated with sarcoidosis greatly varies. Much like other diseases, early detection makes a huge difference. Unfortunately, due to the symptom overlap of sarcoidosis and many other lung diseases, diagnosing pulmonary sarcoidosis can be challenging.

Previously, sufferers of chronic pulmonary sarcoidosis have faced little to no treatment options. Chronic sarcoidosis is classified as an interstitial lung disease. Historically, individuals with interstitial lung disease had to choose between a highly invasive lung transplant and lung reduction or live with the debilitating progression of the disease. Now, patients have alternative options with cellular therapy.

Cellular Therapy for Sarcoidosis

The Lung Institute uses the patient’s own cells to treat his or her chronic lung disease. Cellular therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that seeks to slow down the progression from the sarcoidosis. With three distinct treatment options available, patients can finally take their health back into their own hands.

About the Lung Institute

At the Lung Institute, we are changing the lives of hundreds of people across the nation through this procedure. We are committed to providing patients a more effective way to address pulmonary conditions and improve quality of life. Our physicians, through their designated practices, have gained worldwide recognition for the successful application of revolutionary minimally invasive cellular therapies. With over a century of combined medical experience, our doctors have established a patient experience designed with the highest concern for patient safety and quality of care. For more information, contact us, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or call us today at (800) 729-3065.


  1. Lung Institute

    2 months ago


    We are sorry to hear about your medical condition. We would suggest you contact one of our patient coordinators and discuss your condition with them. We offer cellular treatment to someone who has been diagnosed with a lung disease.

    Unfortunately, insurances companies don’t cover this treatment. Keep in mind that it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor to decide to cover it. However, we are hopeful for this change in the near future. 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.


    The Lung Institute

  2. Eric

    2 months ago

    Hi, I Have lung Sarcoidosis going on 15 Years it has inflamed my nasal passages and one of my vocal folds have hardened. I HAVE a trach, can cell therapy HeLP me? I have Kaiser insurance. LOOKING for a resolve

  3. Matt

    1 year ago

    Hello Barbara,
    Thank you for your post. The Lung Institute specializes in helping people with chronic lung diseases, such as COPD, with cell therapy. Currently, the Lung Institute operates five nationwide clinics in Pittsburgh, Nashville, Tampa, Dallas and Scottsdale. If you have any specific questions about treatment, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. Thanks again and have a great day.

  4. Barbara

    1 year ago

    It been a cou of years since tHese postings. I’m wondering how the cellular treatments are progressing? Is this mainly for acute disease or would it help for damage done from the Sarcoid previously? Have any new treatment centers opened? I have my insurance with Kaiser Permanente so do you know iF any of them, possibly in the Mid-Atlantic are using the cell therapy? Thank you.

  5. Matt

    1 year ago

    Hello Lynn,
    Thank you for your question. We do treat people with COPD here at the Lung Institute. In our most recent patient outcomes survey, 84.5 percent of COPD patients saw an improvement in quality of life. Click here to view our outcomes survey info. If you have any other questions, please call one of our staff members at (855) 313-1149. Thanks again and have a great day.

  6. Lynn

    1 year ago

    Just wondered IF STEM CELLS would help people with COPD, AS VERY BREATHLESSNESS I THINK THAT .

  7. Matt

    1 year ago

    Hello Denise,
    Thank you for your questions. Stem cell therapy is a minimally evasive out-patient procedure. For more specifics on the treatment, it depends on which treatment option is selected. Please give us a call at (855) 313-1149 and one of our staff members can go over the specifics of each treatment. Thanks again and have a great day.

  8. Denise

    1 year ago

    What are the risk from this procedure? How long is the recovery time and is the procedure painful?

  9. Matt

    1 year ago

    Hello Riselyn,
    Thank you for your comment. If you are interested in learning more about cell therapy and the Lung Institute, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. That way one of our patient coordinators can answer your questions in greater detail. Thanks again and have a great day.

  10. Riselyn

    1 year ago

    My name is Roselyn, I live in New Orleans. I have stage 3 pulmo sarc and take 10mg prednisone a day and nebuelizer. I would like to know more. Most docs do not know enough about the disease to even treat. My docs are at Ochsner Medical Foundation

  11. Cameron Kennerly

    2 years ago

    Hello Miriam,

    We appreciate your time and consideration in reading this article, however unfortunately we do not currently treat neurosarcoidosis of the spine and are unaware of any specific research in this area. We hope this was helpful.

    Best Wishes,

    -The Lung Institute

  12. Miriam

    2 years ago

    Do you know if this treatment is also being used anywhere to treat neurosarcoidosis of the spine?

  13. Jeetu

    3 years ago

    Hi i am interested in this treatment. i am having this problem as I have suffered with what has been diagnosed as lung sarcoidosis. its was 2+ years i have diagnosed. as i am living in United Kingdom i know more about this treatment how its work and what the cost of that treatment?

  14. Cara Tompot

    3 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your mother’s story, Carla.

  15. Carla Phipps

    3 years ago


  16. Cara Tompot

    3 years ago

    Hi Karen,

    I completely understand your concern. I am so sorry to hear about your son. We are constantly hoping that insurance will begin to pay for cell therapy for pulmonary conditions. With the possibility of helping so many people, insurance coverage would make a huge difference. Until then, a lot of patients choose to raise funds for their treatment. One potential avenue is GoFundMe, an online fundraising tool. If you would like to read more about fundraising for cell therapy, check out this guide we have created: . Additionally, you can speak with one of our patient coordinators who can guide you through the treatment process, so you can find out whether your son qualifies for cell therapy and to learn more about cost and fundraising. A patient coordinator can be reached at (855) 313-1149.

  17. Cara Tompot

    3 years ago

    Hi Libby!

    Thank for reaching out. Stem cell therapy may be the right option for you! To find out if you qualify for cell therapy, contact one of our patient coordinators at (855) 313-1149. They will be able to give you more information about how cell therapy works for pulmonary sarcoidosis. We look forward to hearing from you!

  18. Cara Tompot

    3 years ago

    Hello Nikki,

    Currently, we have three clinics open in the United States: Nashville, TN; Tampa, FL; and Scottsdale, AZ. At the Lung Institute, we use cells to target the damaged tissue in a patient’s lungs in order to begin the regeneration of lung tissue and improve a patient’s lung function. For a more detailed explanation, check out our Stem Cell Treatment Basics page here:

  19. Cara Tompot

    3 years ago

    Hi David: We offer several different treatment options that vary in price. A patient coordinator can help you learn which treatment you qualify for and what that specific treatment costs. Our phone number is (855) 313-1149.

  20. Cara Tompot

    3 years ago

    That’s great to hear, Lana! We look forward to speaking with you.

  21. Cara Tompot

    3 years ago

    Hi Albertha: Unfortunately, we do not have a clinic in Australia right now. It’s not uncommon for patients to travel internationally to get to one of our clinics. Currently, we have three clinics open at the following locations: Scottsdale, AZ; Nashville, TN; and Tampa, FL. As to whether you qualify for treatment, you will want to speak with one of our patient coordinators. They can be reached at (855) 313-1149.

  22. Albertha Alcock

    3 years ago

    I have sarcoidosis in my Lungs and Lymph Nodes, I am interested in Stem Cell Treatment, is there anywhere in Australia? And can I get the treatment, and where can I go?

  23. Lana Gassman

    3 years ago

    I am very excited to know this information. I have Sarcoidosis in my lungs and also some in my abdomen. I plan on calling the number you listed. I am in Indiana but only 4 hrs from Nashville.

  24. Karen Wehmeyer

    3 years ago

    My son has stage 3 aggressive pulmonary sarcoidosis and is on disability is help limited to those who only have money?

  25. I have been successful overcoming sarcoidosis using other options by whey of nutrition.

  26. David

    3 years ago

    I have pulmonary sarcoidosis and would definitely be interested in this cellular treatment. Just to address the big white elephant in the room…What is the cost of this treatment? Does anyone know?

  27. Nikki hirschfeld

    3 years ago

    I have pulmonary scarcoidosis.. Where are the clinics located at? How does this work?

  28. Cara Tompot

    3 years ago

    Hi Frank,
    Currently, we do not have a clinic open in New York, but in just a few months, we will be opening a location in Pittsburgh, PA. In fact, we will be hosting a cell therapy seminar in Pittsburgh on April 9th.

    Additionally, if you would like to speak with a patient coordinator about any specific questions, give us a call at (855) 313-1149.

  29. Libby Pizzo

    3 years ago

    I am interested, not sure if I am stage 2 or 3, but I definitely have Pulmonary Sarcoidosis and have been on a variety of medications since 2009 and would love another alternative that does not have such irreversible side effects as steroids and methotrexate!

  30. David Ebner

    3 years ago


    Thanks for the comment. Stem cell therapy for pulmonary sarcoidosis treats the disease by regenerating healthy tissue in place of the damaged tissue in the lungs. With this being the case, it is not a cure. The cells act as a natural healing process and can help slow the progression of the disease. Our first priority is to improve the quality of life of our patients. Your specific medical questions can be best answered by one of our patient coordinators who can be reached here or by calling (855) 313-1149. They can also put you in touch with our physicians directly.

    Thank you once again,


  31. Cara Tompot

    3 years ago

    Hi Teri: At this time, we only specialize in cell therapy for pulmonary sarcoidosis at the Lung Institute.

  32. Cara Tompot

    3 years ago

    Hi Tamara: Stem cell therapy may be a good option for you! The next step would be to contact one of our patient coordinators to find out if you qualify for treatment and to learn more about the various options we offer. Our patient coordinators can be reached at (855) 313-1149.

  33. Cara Tompot

    3 years ago

    Hi Michael: At this time, we are only working with pulmonary sarcoidosis, and I have yet to hear about a cellular treatment for neurosarcoidosis. If I hear anything, I will be sure to pass on the information to you.

  34. Cara Tompot

    3 years ago

    Hi Mandy,
    At this time, we only specialize in pulmonary sarcoidosis.

  35. Cara Tompot

    3 years ago

    Hello Ruth,
    Speaking with one of our patient coordinators is the quickest way to find out if you qualify for treatment. Our phone number is (855) 313-1149.

  36. Cara Tompot

    3 years ago

    Hello Buffie: I recommend you contact one of our patient coordinators; they will be able to walk you through the treatment process and answer any of your questions! Our patient coordinators can be reached at (855) 313-1149.

  37. Cara Tompot

    3 years ago

    Hi Lori,
    Currently, we do not have a clinic open in Massachusetts. Our closest clinic to you is located near Nashville, TN; additionally, in just a few months, we will be opening another location in Pittsburgh, PA. Many of our patients are from out of state. As a result, we have chosen clinic locations that rest in a hub of medical tourism; now patients can plan a vacation around their scheduled treatment.

  38. Cara Tompot

    3 years ago

    Hi Antonio: Unfortunately, we only specialize in pulmonary sarcoidosis. Best of luck on your search for an alternative treatment.

  39. Tiberi Antonio

    3 years ago

    Hello my Name is Antonio

    So you can treat all types of sarcoidose?
    I have Heart sarcoidose.

    Many thanks Antonio

  40. Lori

    3 years ago

    Is there any hospitals in Massachusetts ? That I could go to for my Sarcoidosis ?

  41. Carissa Tardiff

    3 years ago

    While I am extremely excited to read this news, I am somewhat sceptical. Is this truly a treatment or is it a method to reverse the damaging scar tissue caused by the disease? (Which can continue to come back as/if the disease progresses.) What happens to the nodules formed by the granulomas? I would love to learn more. I was diagnosed five years ago with pulmonary sarcoidosis and once my breathing ( or lack thereof ) got to a point where it impaired my quality of life- I knew I needed to advocate for myself more and drop the steroids ( or what I like to call the sarc mask). I’m going to the Cleveland Clinic next month and would LOVE to pitch this idea as one of the treatment options to pursue.

  42. Buffie hanes

    3 years ago

    I would love to hear more because I have sarcoidosis in most of my body. Like lungs, small intestine, back, bones, bladder and just looking at in the skin on my left side.

  43. ruth mcghee

    3 years ago

    I would love to find out more to join to help in anyway and to be helped

  44. Mandy Burrows

    3 years ago

    Is this only for Lung damage related to sarcoidosis? Is this effective for cardiac sarcoidosis ?

  45. Janet Mullen

    3 years ago

    Stem Cell Therapy seems to me the answers
    To many disorders.,keep up the good work
    It’s been 12 years since my diagnosis and finally I’m doing better after a decade in bed on oxygen. Clean eating and acupuncture
    And regular detoxes.. Meditation has helped
    Me so much, the treatments for everything
    Else they gave me were making me worse..
    Keep up the good work!

  46. Frank Rivera

    3 years ago

    I am wondering if anyone in New York is working on or doing this? I am quite interested for myself and others that my organization help.

  47. Michael Wainwright

    3 years ago

    Does this treatment regimen have any cross-over application to persons with neurosarcoidosis which is primarily concentrated in the spine?

  48. Tamara Sbravati

    3 years ago

    I’m very interested. I have stage 4 pulm sarc.

  49. teri

    3 years ago

    Does this treatment work on other forms of sarcoidosis?

  50. Katrin

    3 years ago

    Hi, do you know if there are any kind of this treatment in Scandinavia? I live in Stockholm, Sweden.

  51. Jared White

    3 years ago

    Hi Roger! We are excited to hear about your interest in cell therapy for your lung disease! We have been treating patients now for about two years and the results are positive. Our treatment utilizes adult cells that can be found in the blood, adipose tissue, or bone marrow. By extracting the cells, we then wash, isolate and return the cells to the patient through IV or the use of a nebulizer. Once the cells are returned to the patient, they will begin to promote healing. Since cells can continually replicate, the lungs will progressively grow stronger, and patients will be able to breathe easier.

    If you are interested in seeking cell therapy for your pulmonary sarcoidosis, one of our patient coordinators would be happy to speak with you. Our phone number is (855) 313.1149. Thanks for reaching out!

  52. Roger Lanse

    3 years ago

    I am interested in learning more as I have suffered with what has been diagnosed as pulmonary sarcoidosis for about 5 years.

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