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When deciding whether to choose stem cell therapy as an option for treating your lung disease, knowing what Questions To Ask Your Stem Cell Clinic may alleviate some of your worries. Here are a few questions to ask before committing to any type of treatment.
1. Is the treatment center a dedicated solely to stem cell therapy, or is it a physician’s office offering stem cell therapy on the side?
Some physicians perform stem cell treatments in addition to their regular medical practice. Most of these doctors are working without state-of-the-art processing equipment and outdated protocols, which can decrease treatment effectiveness. To find a specialist that can ensure the safest and most effective treatment, select a stem cell clinic that focuses solely on providing stem cell treatments. Ask if the clinic focuses on cutting-edge protocols for your particular condition. The answer should be “yes.”
2. Is there a doctor overseeing the treatments?
Select a stem cell treatment center that uses a board certified physician to oversee stem cell treatments. There are many centers that rely only on a naturopath or chiropractor to administer stem cell treatments. This is a sign that the center uses only the most basic stem cell administration techniques.
3. Is the doctor U.S. board-certified?
Putting a U.S. board-certified physician in charge of your medical care allows you to be confident that the doctor performing the removal and reintroduction of your stem cells is trained to meet all U.S. medical testing requirements.
4. What is the source of the stem cells used for treatment?
The safest stem cells for treatment are your own stem cells. These are found in human blood, fat and bone marrow. Using the patient’s own cells greatly reduces the risk of rejection.
5. Are treatments overseen by an Institutional Review Board (IRB)?
In order to ensure legitimacy of a stem cell clinic, check that their treatments that are overseen by an IRB. Oversight by an IRB ensures that the quality of care and outcomes are monitored and reviewed. An IRB functions under the authority of Federal Food and Drug Association (FDA).
6. Does the stem cell treatment center have a dedicated stem cell processing lab?
Seek out a stem cell clinic that uses a dedicated stem cell processing lab. Stem cells are often processed in the same room where they are harvested, or in a non-laboratory setting. Processing stem cells in a substandard setting increases the risk of contamination.
7. What methods are used to activate your stem cells?
In order to achieve the highest stem cell counts possible, it is imperative that the latest methods and protocols are used. Most stem cell clinics use only a single activation method, while others neglect the activation step altogether. Look for a stem cell clinic that uses multiple activation methods to boost stem cell production and increase the efficiency of the treatment.
8. How many years has the attending physician performed stem cell treatments?
Experience is paramount for safe and effective stem cell treatment. Choose a clinic with experience; one that has had years to refine treatment protocols.
9. How many stem cell treatments have they performed?
Clinics that have treated over 500 patients have the experience and the protocols necessary to provide effective treatment.
10. What is the number of stem cells the clinic is able to harvest per patient?
It is important to know the average number of stem cells a clinic is able to harvest and re-administer per patient. In general, a patient should expect to receive at least 100 million or more cells during treatment. The greater the number of stem cells administered, the greater the potential for promoting healing in damaged tissue.
You can never ask too many questions, and your future clinic should be able to answer them to your satisfaction.
Trying alternative therapies, such as stem cell therapy, along with your current treatment plan may improve your quality of life. For more information about how stem cell therapy could help promote healing and improve lung function in people with COPD, contact us at (800) 729-3065