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Why Is There No COPD Cure? Breaking Down the Science

7 Oct 2017
| Under COPD, Disease Education, Lung Disease, Medical | Posted by | 10 Comments
Why Is There No COPD Cure? Breaking Down the Science

It’s time to answer the question on everyone’s minds. Why is there no COPD cure?

Today, it is estimated that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects more than 600 million people worldwide. Further, COPD is set to become the third leading cause of death by 2020. In this sense, COPD is a global problem for all, and one that affects many of us and those we know. Although alternative forms of treatment are available, with the high prevalence of COPD around the world, the first question for those who suffer from COPD is typically, “is there a cure?” Unfortunately, the answer is no. So, the question becomes “why?”

With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to give a clear and simple answer to the question: Why Is There No COPD Cure? Breaking Down the Science.

What is a Cure?

Let’s start with the concept of a cure. What is a cure? A cure is typically defined as a substance or procedure that ends a medical condition such as a medication, a surgical operation, a change in lifestyle, or even a philosophical mindset. The key in this definition is the cure’s ability to end a medical condition. For example, a notable cure could be antibiotics used to treat a bacterial infection. However, in the case of COPD where lung tissues begin to break down within the lungs (emphysema), a method to stop this continuous degeneration and improve the damage has yet to be found.

What is COPD?

As we’ve mentioned before, COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and affects millions of Americans today. Classified as an obstructive lung disease, in which air is limited coming in as well as breathing out, the pathophysiology of the disease is fundamentally tissue degeneration. As emphysema (the process in which lung tissue breaks down) begins to deteriorate the small airways of the lungs, it can lead to the formation of large air pockets which replace lung tissue.

Although the development of COPD isn’t always a result of smoking, it is largely caused by the inhalation of cigarette smoke or other irritants. The response and subsequent development of COPD is largely based on the body’s inflammatory response to these inhaled irritants. As the body’s immune system goes to work (causing inflammation), this leads to the destruction of the connective tissue of the lungs (emphysema), which obstructs airflow and causes poor absorption and release of respiratory gasses. As the airways of the lungs continue to be inflamed, they begin to narrow and exhibit scarring from within. This condition leads to the inability to breathe out fully.

Why Is There No COPD Cure? Breaking Down the Science

Moving Forward…

It’s important to know the road ahead in the treatment of COPD. Although COPD can seem insurmountable, the first step to living a longer life is finding a treatment that addresses the disease head-on. Changing one’s diet and consistently exercising are among the best lifestyle changes one can do aside from quitting smoking. However, if you’re looking to address COPD progression directly, it may be time to consider cellular therapy. Rather than only addressing the symptoms of lung disease, cellular therapy directly affects disease progression and can improve quality of life and pulmonary function. For people with lung disease, a change in quality of life could mean the difference between struggling to walk to the mailbox and riding a bike.

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like ILD, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult cellular therapy options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for cellular therapy, and find out what cellular therapy could mean for you.

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10 Comments

  1. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Colleen:

    Thank you for your question. Because treatment costs vary based on treatment type, it’s best to speak with one of our well-qualified medical team to discuss treatment options. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Colleen

    3 months ago

    how much does it cost to have this the cellular treatment?

  3. Lung Institute

    6 months ago

    Robert:

    Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for COPD or any of the other lung diseases. We are one of the only clinics that address progression of the disease. Our treatments attempt to slow down the disease and help you live a better life. Most drugs or medications that a doctor prescribes only manage the symptoms of the disease. They provide inhalers, nebulizers, steroids and oxygen to help you temporarily.

    For many of our patients, treatment has helped them feel better and breathe more easily. To hear more from our patients, check out our testimonials page. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular treatment, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute\

  4. Robert

    6 months ago

    Has any patient been cured ?

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  6. ALTA RENTON

    2 years ago

    Dear Joan,
    I just signed up to this site hoping to learn something more about this disease and you answered just about every question I had and more! Thanks. Alta

  7. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Frances,

    Thanks for your question. Because we’re not familiar with or associated with any cellular treatment facilities in Ireland, we’re not sure if treatment is available there. However, you can discuss your question with your doctor and see who he or she recommends. We wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Frances Murphy

    2 years ago

    Can you tell me will it be available in Ireland in the near future Thank you

  9. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Joan,

    Thanks for your comment. 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. As with any medical procedure, some people may see more improvements than others, and some may not see much improvement at all. However, many people report feeling better, breathing easier and living a more active lifestyle after receiving treatment. You can watch more of their stories by clicking here. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about cellular treatment, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with a patient coordinator. We wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  10. Joan DalCerro

    2 years ago

    I looked into this but it is not covered by insurance and it is very expensive , and has to be paid upfront .
    So where does that leave the common person? They say about 85% improvement IF it works, no guarantees.

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