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On the Road to Treatment in Pittsburgh, PA

On the Road to Treatment in Pittsburgh PA

Considering Stem Cell Therapy for Lung Disease near Philadelphia, PA?

About 5-hours by car from Philadelphia, 3-hours from Buffalo and Columbus, and 2 hours from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, PA, offers more than the opportunity for cutting-edge medical treatment. Sure, the Iron City boasts prestigious healthcare facilities, but with its interesting and distinctive history, fine dining, and great places to stay, Pittsburgh is an up-and-coming destination for medical tourism.  A road trip to Pittsburgh offers attractive options for a mini vacation on the way to a beautiful and historic Midwestern city.

Traveling from Buffalo?

If you’re travelling from Buffalo, NY, you’ll have the opportunity to swing up toward the Lake and spend some time in Erie, PA. Erie has a lot to offer for travelers with a few hours to spend, and even more for those with the luxury of staying overnight.

For a day of lounging in the sun, consider hitting the beaches of Presque Isle on the banks of Lake Erie. For evening entertainment, Erie is home to one of the oldest community theaters in America. Erie Station and Riverside Inn Dinner Theatres offer performances year-round. Experience the Erie Philharmonic or the Erie Art Museum’s current, special event, and permanent exhibits.

For a bit more excitement, check out Presque Isle Downs & Casino, northern Pennsylvania’s premier gaming and racetrack attraction with 24/7 gaming and horse races from May to September.

Cleveland Area Travelers

Not too far off the path to Pittsburgh from Cleveland, Youngstown, Ohio, offers a few relaxing pleasures for the spontaneous traveler. One option is the Mill Creek Trolley Ride at the Mahoning Valley’s Mill Creek Metro Parks. This 2,600-acre park is one of the United States’ largest metropolitan parks and the first park district founded in Ohio. There is plenty to see, and in case you’re not up to walking, try out the Cohasset Express trolley, which will carry you in comfort through this beautiful green space.

After all that touring, you’ll have an appetite. Try out one of the unique pizzas at Brier Hill Pizza at St. Anthony’s. This pie derives its name from Youngstown’s Brier Hill neighborhood, once known as the city’s “Little Italy.” Imitations abound, but the real McCoy is found at St. Anthony’s Church in old Brier Hill on Fridays. Call to place an order no later than 11am, or risk missing out on this popular treat. Pick it up on your way out of the city and on to Pittsburgh!

If You’re Headed in from Columbus

Experience some local history at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in Washington, PA. Admission includes scenic trolley rides, guided tours, exhibits, a museum and store, a picnic area, and free parking.

The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum opened for visitors in February 1954 with three trolleys. Today, the PTM boasts nearly 50 cars, over 600 members worldwide, 150 active volunteers, and over 30,000 visitors each year.

On the Road from Philadelphia?

How do you feel about chocolate? If that question engages your sweet tooth, consider swinging by Hershey, PA, for a tasty visit to Hershey’s Chocolate World. Hershey’s world-famous chocolate needs no introduction here. It’s just north of Highway 422, and easy and rewarding detour on your way to the Lung Institute’s Pittsburgh clinic. Stock up for the little ones back home!


You’ll be hungry after your drive, so once You Reach Pittsburgh, check out Primanti Brothers, a Three Rivers landmark serving pizza, wings, sandwiches, and other fare. They operate in multiple locations, so if the original location on the Strip has an all-night wait at the door, there are alternatives.

After your treatment, consider sticking around for some downtime. Pittsburgh is full of restaurants, breweries, museums, and outdoor things to do.

Is Stem Cell Therapy Right for You?

If you’re seeking an alternative for treating your lung disease, the Lung Institute’s Pittsburgh clinic could be the answer. If you or a loved one suffers from a lung disease like COPD, contact one of our patient coordinators today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify.


  1. Steve Howell

    3 years ago

    Hello, Arlene.
    We have treated Alpha patients, however the treatment is for lung conditions resulting from alpha 1, not for the genetic disorder.

  2. Arlene

    3 years ago

    Have you ever treated Alpha patients?

  3. Steve Howell

    3 years ago

    Hello, Ms. Garcia, and thank you for your questions.
    All of the treatments at the Lung Institute take three days, during which the patient will be in the clinic only 1 to 3 hours per day. Treatments are minimally invasive, and the patient can spend the rest of the day at home or in the comfort of a hotel room. We have no facility in New York. However, we opened a new clinic in Pittsburgh, PA, last month. Our other three locations are Nashville,TN, Scottsdale, AZ, and Tampa, FL. Please contact one of our helpful patient coordinators at (855) 313-1149 to find out if your father is a candidate for treatment with the Lung Institute.

    Best Regards,

  4. Annette Garcia

    3 years ago

    Hi – My father is 83 and has been diagnosis with Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis; going on 5 months now. He is currently taking OFAV and having the side effects of this medication. How can stem cell help my father and how long is the treatment for a patient with Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis? And, do you have a facility in New York City? Thank you.

  5. Steve Howell

    3 years ago

    Good morning, Ms. Payne.

    The Lung Institute offers information seminars that may answer many of your questions. In fact, one is scheduled today from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. You can register for it at http://lunginstitute.com/event/nashville-07-30-15/. If today isn’t convenient, please take a look at our seminar calendar here: http://lunginstitute.com/events/ for another date. If you’d rather speak with someone on the phone, please contact us to talk with a patient coordinator by calling (855) 313-1149.

    Best Regards,

  6. Shirley Payne

    3 years ago

    How can I learn more about stem cell treatment? I have been hospitalized five times in the past year: twice for pneumonia and three times for COPD exacerbations. My options seem to be running out with traditional treatment.

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