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Stage 4 COPD: End-Stage COPD and You

1 Nov 2016
| Under COPD, Disease Education, Medical | Posted by | 50 Comments
Stage 4 COPD: End-Stage COPD and You

As you know, there are four total stages of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), ranging from mild to very severe. Stage 1 COPD is also known as mild COPD, and stage 2 COPD is the moderate stage at which recognizable symptoms often first appear. As COPD progresses, your COPD stage will also change to reflect the severity of your symptoms. Severe stage COPD, or stage 3 COPD, causes significant changes in symptoms, lung health and overall health. The final stage of COPD is also known as stage 4, or very severe. Here’s everything you need to know about stage 4 COPD or end-stage COPD.

Determining Stage 4 COPD

As in previous stages of COPD, your doctor will likely use the GOLD System and the BODE Index to identify stage 4 COPD. By this stage, you’ve likely had multiple lung function tests and exercise tolerance tests, such as pulmonary function tests and 6-minute walk tests. Seeing your doctor regularly is important during any stage of COPD, but it’s especially important during stage 4.

In the GOLD System, stage 4 COPD is categorized as end-stage COPD with a lower forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) than stage 3, or those with a stage 3 FEV1 and low blood oxygen levels.

Stage 4 COPD

During stage 4 COPD, many people have significant airflow limitations, which often drastically affect their lives. In fact, simple tasks, such as taking a shower, making the bed or cooking a small meal, leave them feeling exhausted and completely out of breath. While lung function can vary, typically during stage 4, lung function drops to 30 percent or less.

Your doctor will closely monitor your pulmonary health and overall health. Because COPD flare-ups worsen symptoms and can be life-threatening, your doctor will work with you to manage and prevent them.

If you experience low blood oxygen levels, your organs, cells and tissues are unable to receive enough oxygen. Oxygen is essential to a properly functioning body, but many people with COPD have difficulty getting adequate oxygen. Your doctor may prescribe oxygen therapy to help you receive more oxygen.

For some people, other conditions that can occur along with COPD may worsen as well, such a heart failure. If you notice a change in your symptoms or feel ill, your doctor will likely want to make sure you’re not having a COPD flare-up.

Stage 4 COPD Treatments

Stage 4 COPD: End-Stage COPD and You

COPD is a progressive disease, and there’s no cure. However, you and your doctor will work together to develop or modify your treatment plan to best fit your needs. There are many different treatment options, such as medications, lifestyle changes and alternative therapies.

For the management of stable stage 4 COPD, your doctor may prescribe inhalers, corticosteroids to help you breathe better. For example, your doctor may prescribe inhalers called bronchodilators, which help relax and open your airways. Your doctor may also prescribe steroids to reduce inflammation and prevent flare-ups.

Sometimes you may need a type of inhaler called a combination inhaler. Combination medications combine two types of medicine in the same drug, such as a bronchodilator and a steroid in the same inhaler.

In the event of a COPD flare-up, your doctor could prescribe antibiotics, oral steroids or even hospitalization. Remember to report any changes in your symptoms or overall health to your doctor. It’s also important to stay up-to-date on your flu and pneumonia vaccinations to reduce and prevent flare-ups from happening.

For many people, alternative treatment, such as cellular therapy has helped them get back to their favorite activities. In fact, some people have reported reducing their oxygen therapy use after treatment, feeling better and breathing easier. Cellular therapy works differently than traditional medications. While traditional medications can help manage COPD symptoms, cellular therapy works to promote healing from within the lungs, potentially addressing disease progression.

Stage 4 COPD Lifestyle Changes

Your doctor may also recommend certain lifestyle changes. One of the most important lifestyle changes you can make is to quit smoking. Smoke is a lung irritant and trigger for COPD symptoms. While quitting smoking and remaining smoke-free is challenging, there are smoking cessation tips, treatments and groups to help you succeed. Give our free smoking cessation guide a try.

Eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise have been proven to help people with COPD enjoy a better quality of life. Too much salt can worsen COPD and heart problems, so try seasoning your food with herbs instead. Gentle exercises like yoga, walking and Tai Chi are excellent options for people in any stage of COPD with limited mobility.

Combining lifestyle changes, medications and alternative therapies, like cellular therapy, can help you live a more active life. COPD prognosis and life expectancy vary; however, from stage 1 COPD to stage 4 COPD, these treatment options are available. If you or a loved one has COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis or another chronic lung disease and would like to learn more about your cellular therapy options, contact us at (800) 729-3065.

50 Comments

  1. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Shreyansh:

    Thank you for your comment. Traditional treatments typically help treat symptoms of lung disease. Our cellular treatments address the progression of the disease.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy for chronic lung diseases. We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. So, feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  2. shreyansh

    3 months ago

    my father 66 years old he stopped smoking 5 years back when suffeerd from pulmunory disease .2years ago he again suffered from severe infection in lungs
    and doctor said his lungs are not working and after one month of hospitalization he got well,but he faces breathlessness even going to washrooom.doctors has prescribed his nebulizer with budecart and duolin twice daily and tablets such as deryphilline,tryptomer,deflozacart ,doxyfilline.the doctors is giving the same medication since two years but there is no improvement .plz suggest whether the doctor is giving rights treatment or not. and plz suggest some affective treatment.

  3. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Bea:

    We are sorry to hear about your mother. Having COPD is very difficult on many, not just the patient. We would suggest you discuss her condition with her primary doctor or specialist. We do not make any diagnosis of lung disease. We treat people who have been diagnosed with a lung disease.

    What about vaping with CBD? It all depends on who you want to believe for research. We believe that inhaling any particulates into the lungs has the potential to be bad for anyone with a lung disease.

    Our team has a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment, candidacy and cost. We’re happy to answer your questions. Feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with our dedicated medical team. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Bea

    3 months ago

    My mother has STage 4 COPD. UNFORTUNATELY SHE STILL SMOKES. MAKES ME ANGRY AND SAD. MY QUESTION IS, ARE MUSCLE CRAMPS IN THE ABDOMEN A SYMPTOM OF COPD? ALSO, ANY ADVICE ABOUT DISCUSSING HER DISEASE PROGRESSION WITH HER. SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN DENIAL ABOUT HER DIAGNOSIS.

  5. Lung Institute

    3 months ago

    Roberta:

    Thank you for your questions. We are sorry to hear about your mother.

    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. 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.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Roberta Lamchick

    3 months ago

    IS THIS expensive? Does insurance pay? my mother is in the end stages, I would give anything to see her have a shot. Her CO2 levels have been so high the last few weeks they cant get them down.

  7. Lung Institute

    5 months ago

    Kristie:

    We are very sorry to hear about your father’s condition. It is always a difficult and stressful situation. We would suggest you discuss this with your primary doctor or specialist. They would be much more aware of exactly what condition your father is in and be able to make a better determination.

    If you are interested in pursuing treatment from the Lung Institute, our dedicated medical team has a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. We’re happy to answer your questions, so feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Kristie

    5 months ago

    My 75 year old Dad has stage 4 emphysema and has recently moved into a skilled nursing unit. The Dr told us he has less than 20% lung capacity left. He is on 3 liters of oxygen all the time and gets out of breath just moving to the bathroom. He also has type 2 diabetes…
    I’m thinking about inviting out of state family to come visit, but don’t want to rush it if we don’t have to. Can you give me some advice? I’ wondering how much time we have? I know it is hard to determine…

  9. Lung Institute

    6 months ago

    JC:

    Thank you for your comment and encouraging words about stopping smoking. Smoking is the number one cause of COPD and other chronic lung diseases, and the moment you stop, your lungs begin to repair themselves as best they can.

    We’re happy to answer your questions regarding COPD. Feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with our dedicated medical team. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  10. jc

    6 months ago

    i have recently been diagnosed with COPD. I still have 73% lung capacity. I smoked for 47 years and gave it up cold turkey. I realized my family needed me more than I needed the cigarettes. I am breathinh so much better and my cough is practically gone and i have no more mucus. Please stop smoking. If i can do it anyone can.

  11. Lung Institute

    6 months ago

    Nancy:

    We are sorry to hear about your diagnosis and hope we may be able to help. We would suggest you contact your primary doctor or specialist for any treatment recommendations they suggest. Most mainstream treatments only manage the symptoms of the disease and do not address the actual disease. Our cellular treatments address the progression of the disease.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  12. Nancy

    7 months ago

    I live in Michigan and didn’t even know I had copd until about 8 months I had any problems like copd. I moved and found out it out there. No one had even told me what stage or nothing and I just don’t know to do.

  13. Lung Institute

    7 months ago

    Ahmad:

    Thank you for your message and comment. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy for COPD. Our dedicated medical team has a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy and more. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with someone from our medical team over our secure phone line. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  14. AHMAD MUAZAMIL BIN ISHAK

    7 months ago

    Thank you for your article
    I’m a 20 year old with copd. My last pulmunary test indicates there’s a 30% reduction in my lung capacity. Feels bad mann

  15. Lung Institute

    7 months ago

    Caru:

    Thank you for your comment and we are sorry to hear about your mother. You should discuss her situation with her doctor or specialist to see if they have any answers to your questions. More than likely your cold had nothing to do with her condition.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  16. Caru

    7 months ago

    Hi,
    My nan had copd, she pasSed away last month age 63. I dont know if this is aloud but my head is doing overtime thinking about it because three days before she passed away she seemed normAl and her usual self, then the day after she started not Being able to breath and so she went to hospital on a monday ( which when she was gOing in the ambulance she was Being all cheeky to the drivers as usual and being herself) then when she got to hospital she herself Was completely dIfferent, she didnt have any motion in her and was just slightly sitting up and just staring STRAIGHT with no blinking nothing just as if she was sleeping with her eyes open etc..

    The following night shes passEd away with Executive end staGe of COPD.

    How did she suddenly get that bad from leaving the house to go to hoSPital? And also do you think i made her worse as i had a cold when i went to hers on a friday ( i did not go anywhere near her though)?

    Sorry if this isnt aloud

  17. Lung Institute

    7 months ago

    Joyce:

    We are very sorry to hear about your condition. We would suggest you see your primary doctor or specialist to discuss your condition. It is very difficult to determine life expectancy because each patient is different. We can let you know that we offer our cellular treatment to people with any stage of COPD and 84 percent of our patients report an improved quality of life within three months of treatment.

    Our dedicated medical team has a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. We’re happy to answer your questions, so feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  18. Joyce patrick

    7 months ago

    Hi i am in stage 4 with copd i dont need ox yet but my bre Is bad when i mov about i am rea to giv up it os no life my i waTched my mum pass awAy with the same cOndITiOn 20 yrs ago i would like to know have i Got weeKs moNths or how long

  19. Lung Institute

    8 months ago

    Sherry:

    Thank you for your comment. We would suggest seeing your primary doctor or a specialist to determine if COPD is causing headaches and neck pain.

    Headaches have been listed as being a side effect of COPD. We wrote about it in a blog article recently and have provided a link.

    Our dedicated medical team has a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. We’re happy to answer your questions, so feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  20. Sherry

    8 months ago

    Hi I have copd I was wondering does it make you have headaches and alot of neck pain

  21. Lung Institute

    8 months ago

    Kevin:

    We are very sorry to hear about your condition. You may want to see your primary physician to see if they suggest any treatment plans.

    You may also want to consider our cell therapy from the Lung Institute.

    We understand that each patient is unique and has individual needs. Because of that, we make sure to go over the patient’s history and our treatment options in detail with each patient.

    In order to determine if someone is a candidate for treatment, we need to gather more of their private medical history in a secure setting. The best way to do that is by giving us a call and speaking one-on-one with someone on our medical team over our secure phone line. We’re happy to answer your questions about cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  22. Kevin Connor

    8 months ago

    I’m stage 4 copd.I have been since 2012 I’m stuck in the house 24/7 it’s hard. Sometimes I feel I’m getting my last breath but I think to myself only I hope so. Do people think that’s giving up just iv been stuck in a very small house since 2012 hopefully people understand me as I’m not a bad or ignorant person. Well hope iv not upset no one but iv had enough. Sorry x

  23. Lung Institute

    8 months ago

    lana:

    Thank you for your comment and we are sorry to hear about your brother’s condition. It can be frustrating to see someone not want to treat their COPD. There is no way to determine life expectancy no matter what the stage of COPD. There are too many variables such as when the disease began (not when it was diagnosed), is the person doing things to combat the disease and are they managing their symptoms. Here is a link to a number of blog articles we have written discussing life expectancy.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy for chronic lung diseases. We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. So, feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  24. lana

    8 months ago

    my brother is 49 years old and has stage 4 copd he is still smoking and when i tell him that he knows that he should not do that he just gives a little laugh and says i know. he has been hospitalized numerous times and in the nursing home 2times he is on medicines inhalers breating treatments and oxygenhe can not even walk some times from his bedroom to the bath room with out being so out of breathfor a few months hospice was working with him but their dr said that he did not think my brother needed their services right at this time he never seen my brother at all.could you tell me what the life expectancy is for stage four copdi will admit that i am scared to wake up one morning and find him passedhe will be going back to his regular dr starting next week. THANK YOU

  25. Lung Institute

    10 months ago

    Dear Mrs. Moore,

    Thank you for your comment. I am sorry to hear that your father is going through a difficult time, and understand that you are very concerned for his health. Sometimes it can be difficult to know what to do. Becoming educated about COPD and what it’s like can help. There are many books out there, such as Live Your Life with COPD and The COPD Solution that you might find helpful to read. You can also ask your primary care physician for advice.

    We have written a few posts to help caregivers, and you can be supportive even if you’re not there with your father all of the time. I think you might find some helpful information in these posts: https://lunginstitute.com/blog/copd-stages-and-what-they-mean-to-a-caregiver/ & https://lunginstitute.com/blog/5-leading-copd-faqs-for-caregivers/.

    -Lung Institute

  26. Lung Institute

    10 months ago

    Sarah,

    Thank you for your comment. I’m sorry to hear that your mother-in-law is having a difficult time. The most important thing that she can do right now is quit smoking. The sooner she can quit, the better. She might not see results right away, but in the long run she’s going to have a much better chance for a better quality of life if she quits smoking.

    Please visit our resources page for a free guide for quitting smoking. Many states also have government programs offering free smoking cessation gum, patches and medications, which can help her quit successfully.

    -Lung Institute

  27. Sarah willis

    10 months ago

    Hi
    My mother in law has copd , She has been in and out if hosptlital 7 times for week peorids over the last 10 weeks , walking showering eAtting etc is all hard work , but shes still smoking
    Doctors have advised they can try as sleep mask to give oxygen i believe ? But have informed us if this doesnt help then there is nothing else to be done , She is saying that she will try ans give up
    SMOking but that doesnt seem like its doung to happen as she is still smoking whlie even in hospital
    We as a family would lIke to know what happEns next time Frame really

  28. Mrs. Moore

    10 months ago

    Hello,
    (I am bot sure why everything is in caps, not indendEd)
    After reading all the post, i see a lot of the feedback is to call you and or speak to the doctorS. My father also has stage 4 COPD, sleep apnea. His Levels are at 15% and Is 77. He had lung cANcer and is missing part of his lung. He lives at home alone and we often worry aBout hIm. He has fallen a couple of times (dont know if this is a balance issue or He trUly just tripped.) He doesnt want me to worry and doEsnt give me a lot of informatiOn. He is sleeping all day and up all night, bit seems to be okay. (Or That is what he waNTs uS to think) as stage 4 is called the end stages what are Some of the major signs we should watch for, since im not suppose to know this information, it comes from my mother, who keeps me in the loop.
    My father is my world and i love him so much, i just want to make sure we are there for him.
    I just lost my uncle a few months ago to COPD (there we other abbreviations behind it that i don”t know what they mean…and he was home alone, When he had to call 911 becaUse he couldnt breathe. )
    Any advice, not asking medical advice, would be greatly appreciated.

  29. Phoebe

    12 months ago

    Hi Judy,

    First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear about the challenges you have been facing with stage 4 COPD. Like you, many people with COPD have trouble maintaining a healthy weight. At the Lung Institute, we provide cell therapy for people living with certain chronic lung diseases, such as COPD, emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis among others. Stem cell therapy for COPD works to promote healing within the lungs and has the potential to improve quality of life. All of our treatments are minimally invasive, outpatient procedures that occur over the course of two days. In general, most people notice improvements between three and six months after treatment. Some people choose to have booster treatments to continue the progress they have made. At this time, Medicare and insurance companies don’t cover cellular treatment. While we are hopeful that treatment will be covered in the future, this may take some time. In regards to your stomach and side pains, we recommend talking with your doctor as soon as possible. Because your doctor knows you and your health situation well, he or she will be able to best guide you. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy and to help determine if you’re a candidate. So, feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with our knowledgeable medical team. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  30. Judy Eberhardt

    12 months ago

    I have stage 4 COPD. I’m losing weight no matter what I eat. My leg muscles hurt , my legs are so little now, people call me chicken legs. (Teasing me) :)). Does medicare help pay on cellular treatment? What does stem CELLs do for your lungs? Long how is treatment given? How long does it LAST? I’m starting to get pains in stomach, sides, occasionally, like a sharp pain, could that be from my COPD? Thank you in advance for your answers.

  31. Phoebe

    1 year ago

    Dear Tracey,

    First and foremost, we’re sorry to hear about the challenges your sister is facing with COPD. We extend our deepest sympathies. Any stage of COPD can affect people differently, even stage 4. We recommend talking about your concerns for your sister with your sister’s doctor. Because your sister’s doctor knows your sister and her health situation well, he or she will be able to best answer your questions.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  32. Tracey Coley

    1 year ago

    My Sister Is IN Stage 4 With 18% of Lung Working She Is IN the Hospital On A Breathing Machine IS THIS THW End of Stage 4

  33. Phoebe

    1 year ago

    Hi Sharon,

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy for COPD. Our medical team has a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy and more. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with someone from our medical team. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  34. Sharon Serbun

    1 year ago

    I am interested in cell therapy. I am 62yrs old, have had COPD FOR ABOUT 6YRS. IN DECEMBER I HAD RESPIRATORY FAILURE AND WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR 4 DAYS. OTHER THAN THE BREATHING ISSUES I FEEL GOOD. MY PULMONOLOGIST HAS NEVER MENTIONED ANYTHING OTHER THAN INHALERS. I GAVE UP SMOKING THE DAY I WENT TO THE HOSPITAL. I WANT TO LIVE! THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR ANY ASSISTANCE YOU CAN PROVIDE ME.

  35. Phoebe

    1 year ago

    Dear Pauline,

    At the Lung Institute, we only treat people with certain chronic lung diseases, such as COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and pulmonary fibrosis. We’re happy to discuss who is a candidate for treatment, to answer your questions about treatment and to talk with you one-on-one. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  36. pauline dougherty

    1 year ago

    Can eny one have cellular treatment

  37. Phoebe

    1 year ago

    Dear Annette,

    Thanks for your comment and for sharing some of your dad’s story with us. We’re sorry to hear about the challenges your dad has been facing with COPD. Like your dad, many people with COPD use oxygen therapy. As COPD progresses, people may feel more tired, have a smaller appetite, have increased coughing and have more labored breathing. The stages of COPD affect everyone differently though. We recommend talking with your dad’s doctor about what stage of COPD the doctor thinks your dad is in. Because your dad’s doctor knows him and his health situation well, your dad’s doctor will be able to best guide you about the stage of COPD and any next steps. We wish you and your dad the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  38. Annette

    1 year ago

    My dad is on hospice for copd. He went on hospice april 2016. His lings were only working at 51% at that time. We found this out when he had a stroke 3 years ago. He is now suppose tomuse ixygen 24/7 but wint. He ciughs and gags in heavy thick mucus. His breathing has become more labored. Hes using all his breath to say ine name. Hes very tired and his appetite has gotten to smaller proportions. Would he be considered near end of stage of copd?

  39. Phoebe

    1 year ago

    Hello Diana,

    Thanks for your comment. Like you, many people have trouble quitting smoking. We’ve created a free smoking cessation guide to help people start their smoke-free lifestyle. While it can be very hard to do, quitting smoking is an important first step. Feel free to check out our free smoking cessation guide by clicking here. We’ve also written blog articles to help people achieve their goals of living a smoke-free life. You can check out one of our quit smoking articles by 5 clicking here. We hope this information is helpful for you, and we wish you the best.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  40. Diana Harris

    1 year ago

    Hi my name Diana I have stage 4 copd emphysema. I’m am on oxygen 24 hours 7 days week I’m a SMOKER and I have good days and bad days.I want to GUIT smoking but I’m SCARED I live in Phoenix Arizona .

  41. Phoebe

    1 year ago

    Dear Jim,

    Thanks for your comment and for sharing some of your story with us. We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  42. Jim

    1 year ago

    My first wife died from emphysema at 46. She was on a ventilator her last six months. Stop smoking. If not for you, for those that love you.

  43. Matt

    1 year ago

    Hello Marie,
    Thank you for your post. COPD affects individuals differently, but sleep problems are a common occurrence for people with the disease. You can read more about this by clicking the link. If you have any other questions, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. Thanks again and have a great day.

  44. Marie

    1 year ago

    My husband was diagnosed.with stage 4 copd. He has been sleeping on and off for the last 2 weeks during the day and at night. Has no energy. Is that what happens with stage 4

  45. Matt

    1 year ago

    Hello Howard,
    Thank you for your post. If you are interested in learning more about cell therapy for lung disease, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. Thanks again and have a great day.

  46. howard

    1 year ago

    im 52 i have stage 4 copd..my ins wont pay for oxygen, iv contacted ssi…thats 6 to 12 months, jus cant afford it. any where i can get funds to help out, iv never smoked in my life thanks

  47. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Cheryl,

    Thanks for your comment and question. We’re not associated with or familiar with any other cell clinics. We recommend talking with your doctor about cell clinics in your local area that he or she may know about and would be able to recommend to you. We hope this is helpful for you, and we wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  48. Cheryl Meyers

    2 years ago

    Is cellular treatment available in Australia ??? I’ve got stage 4 COPD !!

  49. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Elise,

    Thanks for your questions. While we have clinics nationwide, the nearest Lung Institute to Panama City, Florida is at our Tampa, Florida location. Unfortunately, at this time insurance companies and Medicare don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by Medicare and insurance companies in the near future. Keep in mind that it will take some time before insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. Treatment occurs over a three day period. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about cellular treatment, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  50. Elise Carow

    2 years ago

    I am in stage 4. I live in Panama City, Fl. Where is the nearest cellular treatment center to me? How many treatments are needed? Does Medicare/Blue Cross cover it?

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