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Stem Cell Clinics: What to Look For and What to Avoid

17 Feb 2017
| Under FAQs, Medical | Posted by | 15 Comments

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:

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 COPDemphysemachronic bronchitis or another chronic lung disease, contact us at (800) 729-3065 to learn more about stem cell treatment options.

15 Comments

  1. Phoebe

    6 months ago

    Hi Gayle,

    Treatment cost varies depending on treatment type. In order for us to determine if someone is a candidate and the right treatment option, we first need more medical information. To gather this information, someone from our dedicated medical team goes over the patient’s medical history and answers the patient’s questions one-on-one over our secure phone line. We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cells, 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.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Gayle Downey

    6 months ago

    The COST issue is still being evaded. This, undoubtedly, is the institues way of keeping those who dont have the $ on- hand, from ‘Wasting their precious time’. Unfortunate, that those with limited time, can’t not waste it, having to chase down the cost.

  3. Phoebe

    6 months ago

    Hi Paul,

    Because treatment cost varies depending on treatment type, in order for our medical team to determine the best option for someone, more private, medical information is needed. Once the treatment option has been determined, our medical team is able to discuss the cost of treatment as it pertains to that individual person’s treatment type. We’re happy to discuss cost with you, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with our dedicated medical team over our secure phone line.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. PAUL LAVOIE

    6 months ago

    I AGREE WITH A LOT OF THESE PEOPLE. YOU SOUND LIKE TRUMP! JUST TELL US WHAT THE COST IS. WHAT IS THE REASON FOR AVOIDING THE ISSUE? WE ALL KNOW IT IS OUTRAGEOUS AND OUT OF MOST PEOPLE’S ABILITY TO PAY SO JUST PUT THE PRICE IN YOUR SITE. YOU LAY ALL THESE TERMS ABOUT MAKING SURE WE CHECK OUT ALL CLINICS THAT OFFER STEM CELL THOROUGHLY AND WATCH FOR THIS AND THAT. WELL I ALWAYS WATCH FOR THE PRICE. AS A SELF EMPLOYED RETIRED BUSINESSMAN, I KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO CLIENTS TO KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH IS YOU ARE AFRAID TO POST THE COST BECAUSE IT IS OVERPRICED! AFTER ALL, YOU GIVE NOTHING BUT LABOR, THERE IS NOTHING PURCHASED BUT YOUR TIME AND IS RIDICULOUS. AND MAYBE THAT IS PART OF THE REASON WHY MEDICARE WILL NOT PAY FOR IT NOR WILL INSURANCE COMPANIES PAY FOR IT BECAUSE IT IS SO GROSSLY OVERPRICED. OBVIOUSLY, THE RICH AGAIN CONTROL EVERYTHING, INCLUDING LIFE AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE. I WONDER WHAT THEY GAVE TO AMERICA.

  5. Phoebe

    7 months ago

    Hi Rosa,

    That’s completely understandable. While treatment isn’t covered by health insurance at this time, we’re hopeful that it will be covered in the future. Keep in mind that it may take a while before treatment is covered by health insurance companies. We’re happy to answer your questions about treatment, candidacy and cost, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Rosa Matney

    7 months ago

    I am wondering the same thing about cost, If insurance doesn’t pay, there is no way I could have it done, even tho it sounds promising, Rosa

  7. Matt

    9 months ago

    Hello Mary,
    Thank you for your question. We ask people to call us for more information in order to not discuss patients’ personal medical information over the internet. In order to give you the most accurate information, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. Thanks again and have a great day.

  8. Mary jones

    9 months ago

    You still won’t answer the question about cost… Is it that bad…You know what it cost! Just say it so we will know if it’s even a possibility.

  9. M R

    9 months ago

    Hello Jeanette,
    Thank you for your post. For more information on stem cell therapy and the Lung Institute, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. Thanks again and have a great day.

  10. Jeanette looney

    10 months ago

    I ALSO have a/fib and copy will stem cell help me

  11. Matt Reinstetle

    10 months ago

    Hello Larry, Thank you for your question. The cost of treatment depends on which treatment option is selected. In order to know which medical procedure is best for you, more personal medical information is needed. Please give us a call at (855) 313-1149. That way one of our patient coordinators can answer you questions. Thanks again and have a great day.

  12. Larry

    10 months ago

    Since Medicare will not cover the procedure, what cost are we looking at to have the procedure done. No where on your website does it mention cost to have the procedure done.
    Thanks

  13. PB

    1 year ago

    Dear Charlie,

    Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies and Medicare don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies and Medicare in the near future. Keep in mind that it will take some time before the insurance companies see a financial benefit in their favor and then decide to cover it. We’re happy to answer your questions regarding stem cell treatment options, 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

  14. Charlie Bowls

    1 year ago

    Does Medicare/private insurance cover the procedures?

  15. lungs sleep

    1 year ago

    Nice post!

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