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When it comes to finding the right clinic, you might feel confused or unsure where to find the best information. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing the right stem cell clinic for you.
Look for a stem cell clinic that publishes data
Touch on new outcomes data. The Lung Institute collects data, including quality of life scores and pulmonary function test results. We use these numbers to drive continuous improvement of our outcomes.
Look for clinics with Institutional Review Board (IRB) Approval
For a number of reasons, operating a medical clinic in Texas is more challenging than in many other states. Texas requires clinics to earn the approval of its Institutional Review Board. Since opening its Dallas clinic, the Lung Institute has consistently met the strenuous Texas IRB requirements. Many stem cell clinics simply avoid operating in Texas rather than submitting to the requirements.
Look for a Stem Cell Clinic that Monitors Stem Cell Counts
The Lung Institute frequently sends samples out to a lab that confirms cell counts and verifies the quality of techniques being used.
Avoid Clinics that Discourage Talking to Your Personal Physician
Whether your doctor approves of stem cell therapy or not, he or she is your primary source of expertise. Seek your physician’s advice, learn as much as you can, then make an informed decision as to whether stem cell therapy is right for your situation.
Avoid Clinics Using the Word “Cure”
A lot of hype is generated surrounding the exciting possibilities of stem cell therapy. However, the reality is that no medical procedure can treat every illness, and none can guarantee positive results. Look for a clinic that sets realistic expectations. At the Lung Institute, for example, our data suggests that the majority of COPD patients will see an improvement in their quality of life. The Lung Institute does not offer a cure, nor do we guarantee results. However, we strive to increase the number of positive outcomes. Consistently producing positive outcomes is our measure of success.
Follow the Science
Scientists who aren’t also medical doctors cannot offer medical advice, however they can offer their experience and perspective on stem cell research, clinical potential, and the possibilities for stem cell therapy and advancements in the field. For your information, here are two studies to provide a bit of information about the demonstrated benefits of stem cell therapy for lung disease:
- Mesenchymal stem cell therapy in lung disorders: Pathogenesis of lung diseases and mechanism of action of mesenchymal stem cell
- Phase I clinical trial of cell therapy in patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: follow-up of up to 3 years
Ask About Training and Experience
The Lung Institute’s mini-fellowship program ensures that all physicians are fully trained to consistently follow established procedures and protocols. Prior to seeing patients, every Lung Institute physician masters an in-depth curriculum and is required to meet all Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements.
The Lung Institute has been practicing for three years, operates five clinics nationwide and has treated over 2,500 patients, with the number of people reporting improved quality of life following treatment increasing every day.
Many patients report feeling better after treatment. Patients report a newfound ability to live a more active life, pursuing their favorite activities and often report that they’re able to reduce their reliance on oxygen therapy. Stem cell therapy can help people in any stage of chronic lung disease. If you or a loved one has COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or another chronic lung disease, contact us at (800) 729-3065 to learn more about your stem cell treatment options.