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Patient Spotlight: Sherry B., Stem Cell Therapy for Lung Disease
Lung disease affects everyone differently, and because of this well-known fact, progress milestones vary from patient to patient. To one patient, going outside and walking the dog around the block is viewed as an improvement, to another just getting up and walking across the room without oxygen is a major success. At the Lung Institute, we give all of our patients a pulmonary function test prior to treatment so we can compare lung function before and after stem cell therapy for lung disease. There is nothing more rewarding to us to hear from a patient that is doing well and getting back to the things he or she loves most.
Sherry B., a Nashville, TN resident and Lung Institute patient, suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Sherry came to the Lung Institute a little over 4 months ago for a venous stem cell therapy for lung disease. In this procedure, Sherry’s stem cells were stimulated to multiply in number and were then easily collected through the use of an IV. After collection, the stem cells were separated in the lab from her blood, and then re-introduced back into her body where they could then cue pathways to promote healing in her lungs.
Sherry B. began seeing results from her venous procedure a few months after treatment. She decided that she wanted to keep this positive momentum going and returned to the Lung Institute recently to undergo another stem cell procedure. During her time at the Lung Institute, we had the opportunity to sit down with Sherry and ask her about how she’s feeling today compared to before her first treatment.
“I have seen some small improvements. I am now able to sit and talk without oxygen for as long maybe as 3 hours…before, I could not. I can go to a movie and take (the mask) off my face. That to me was just awesome,” Sherry said. “My recovery time is quicker. Before, say if I got up and did something without the oxygen, it would take me 20 to 25 minutes to recover. Now, I can recover in 5 minutes. That may not (matter) much to some people that aren’t aware of your situation, of what you go through every day, but it is good. To sit 5 minutes instead of 25 minutes is good to me.”
Sherry B. reports that overall she feels healthier and has had a decrease in her flare-ups. She’s been able to get back to cooking 3 or 4 days a week, whereas before she felt exhausted and didn’t have the energy left to cook. These are the type of milestones that the Lung Institute’s patients are achieving after their stem cell therapy for lung disease.