The official blog of the Lung Institute.
When it comes to finding the right stem cell clinic and stem cell treatment, you may have to read through a lot of negative and positive information. With so much information available about stem cell clinics, you might feel confused or unsure where to find the best information. It’s important to have all the information you need, so you can make the best choice for you. Here are some things to consider when choosing the right stem cell clinic for you.
Look for a Stem Cell Clinic that Publishes Data
Look for new or updated outcomes data. The Lung Institute continually 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 stem cell clinics to operate under the approval of an Institutional Review Board. Since opening its Dallas clinic, the Lung Institute has continued to meet the strict guidelines of an Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) accredited IRB. In fact, the Lung Institute has implemented these IRB approved standards at all of its clinic nationwide.
At the Lung Institute, our patients are of the utmost important to us. We strive to make every patient’s experience the best it can be. That’s why we work to provide quality care during every step of the process.
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 Physician
Whether your doctor approves of stem cell therapy or not, he or she is your primary source of expertise. Bring informational materials about the stem cell clinic to your doctor and ask him or her to review it with you. Seek your physician’s advice and 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 (whether traditional medicine or alternative medicine) can treat every illness, and none can guarantee positive results. Look for a stem cell clinic that sets realistic expectations and continually works to improve outcomes for its patients.
At the Lung Institute, for example, our data suggests that the majority of COPD patients will see an improvement in their quality of life. While many people with COPD have seen improvements, there are some who do not. The Lung Institute does not offer a cure nor do we guarantee results. However, we strive to increase the number of positive outcomes and to continue helping people with chronic lung diseases. Consistently producing positive outcomes is one measure of success.
Follow the Science
Scientists who aren’t 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 since 2013, operates five clinics nationwide and has treated over 3,000 patients. The number of people reporting improved quality of life following treatment continues to grow.
Many patients report feeling better after treatment. Many patients reported an improved ability to live a more active life, pursuing their favorite activities. Stem cell therapy is available for 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 stem cell treatment options.