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Stem Cell Therapy for COPD: A Patient’s True Story

6 Dec 2016
| Under COPD, Patient Stories, Treatments | Posted by | 16 Comments
Stem Cell Therapy for COPD: A Patient’s True Story

For people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or another chronic lung disease, finding the best treatment options can be challenging. COPD causes fatigue, shortness of breath and persistent coughing, so many people find it nearly impossible to enjoy their favorite activities. While COPD is a progressive condition, meaning it will worsen over time, there are treatment options available. Traditional treatments include medications, inhalers, corticosteroids, oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation and more. These traditional treatment options work to manage COPD symptoms. However, stem cell therapy works to promote healing from within the lungs, potentially improving quality of life. Let our patient, Denise F., share her story about having stem cell therapy for COPD.

What challenges did Denise face before having stem cell therapy for COPD?

For many years, COPD and chronic asthma caused Denise’s quality of life to decline. Her conditions worsened so much that she needed a walker and oxygen. She felt like she had lost her freedom. Denise’s symptoms made her feel extremely out of breath, and she couldn’t participate in family activities. When her grandchildren visited her, she watched them ride her horses from the fence. While she took a tremendous amount of medications, she never felt better.

Denise told her doctor that she would have stem cell therapy for COPD at the Lung Institute, and he said that some people have seen improvements after treatment. However, because Denise’s COPD was so severe, her doctor also said he was concerned treatment may not work as well for her.

What has changed for Denise since her stem cell therapy for COPD?

After having stem cell therapy for COPD, Denise feels better and can do more. She’s able to clean her house, go for a walk, enjoy shopping, climb stairs, clean the barn, feed her horses and ride again. She no longer has to sit out during family activities, and she doesn’t need or use the walker or oxygen anymore. In fact, under the supervision of her doctor, she has been able to reduce her medications. Denise doesn’t have to sit out anymore, and she enjoys making memories with her grandchildren.

Denise and her husband even took a vacation, which is something they couldn’t do before stem cell therapy for COPD. Before treatment, Denise’s limited mobility made her mostly homebound.

Has Denise’s family noticed a difference in her health or happiness?

Denise’s family members and friends are thrilled to watch her progress. Her sister says that Denise sounds “so much better and so happy.” While she still needs to take a break every now and then, she is glad to be doing more without huffing and puffing. Denise and her husband continue to see improvements every day.

When she went to see her doctor again, he was surprised and happy to see Denise walking with more ease and feeling better. Denise says that her quality of life is back now, and she’s glad she had stem cell therapy for COPD.

Denise says, “You’ll be dancing like I was. It’ll put a little bit of giddy up in your step!”

Along with Denise, the Lung Institute has helped many people feel better and breathe easier through stem cell treatment. From mild to severe chronic lung disease, stem cell therapy may help promote healing from within the lungs. In fact, many of our patients report living a more full and active lifestyle after treatment. If you or a loved one has COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial lung disease or another chronic lung disease and would like to learn more about stem cell treatment options, contact us at (800) 729-3065.

16 Comments

  1. Phoebe

    3 months ago

    Hi Doris,

    Stem cell therapy for COPD can be performed during any stage of the disease. Keep in mind that stem cell therapy isn’t a cure for COPD, but stem cell therapy has the potential to promote healing from within the lungs and may improve quality of life. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies, Medicaid and Medicare don’t cover stem cell treatment. We are hopeful that treatment will be covered in the future, but it may take some time before insurance companies decide to cover treatment. We’re happy to answer your questions and your friend’s questions about stem cell therapy. We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge 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. Doris Harpis

    3 months ago

    Would this work for someone who REASON was told she had moderate copd which I know will get worst as time goes on. I How much would it cost and would Human or MEDICAID paid for this? I also have a friend that is on OXYGEN all day and night. Major problem I don’t think we have money to pay for this research.

  3. PB

    7 months ago

    Dear JK,

    Thanks for your comment and question. The Lung Institute is not and will not be conducting clinical trials, which would involve a control group who receives a placebo. The Lung Institute does not and will not ever give a placebo to their patients receiving stem cell therapy. However, we are providing stem cell therapy under the regulation of the IRB for the protection of our patients while we’re collecting research data for further knowledge and to better help our patients. If you have any other questions regarding stem cell therapy, we would be happy to answer them one-on-one over the phone. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. jk

    7 months ago

    Do you, or will you be doing any clinical studies which may be free?

  5. PB

    7 months ago

    Dear Janet,

    We’re happy to discuss any questions you have regarding stem cell treatment one-on-one over the phone, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with a patient coordinator. Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost, and they are happy to answer your questions. We wish you the best, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Janet

    7 months ago

    Can you email me please

  7. PB

    8 months ago

    Dear James,

    Thanks for your comment and question. COPD affects everyone differently and at varying rates of progression, so COPD treatments are individualized for each patient. Treatment cost varies depending on treatment type. In order to best answer your question, we need to learn more about you, your COPD and other important information. To protect our patients’ privacy, we cannot and will not discuss private, personal health information in this setting, which is why it’s best for you to contact us to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost, and they will be able to answer your questions in a secure, private setting. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with a patient coordinator, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  8. James

    8 months ago

    I have asked before and I will ask again. What is the typical cost of this procedure for a 60 year old male with COPD (26% lung function)!?!? At least give us a range. Since it’s not covered by insurance, if it’s out of my ability to pay, there is no reason to call for a consultation. Please give me some kind of indication.

  9. PB

    8 months ago

    Dear Bonita,

    Thanks for your comment and question. To answer your question, we recommend speaking one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost, and they are happy to answer any questions you have. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  10. Bonita

    8 months ago

    Can you tell me if there are medical issues that will exclude you from participating in the study such as Melanoma?

  11. PB

    8 months ago

    Dear Aaron,

    Thanks for your comment and question. Treatment cost varies depending on treatment type, so to answer your question, it’s best to speak one-on-on with one of our patient coordinators. Our patient coordinators can discuss your questions about stem cells, treatment, candidacy and cost in more detail, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  12. Aaron McCarley

    8 months ago

    What type of cost is associated with the treatment? Is this expensive, or is this something that a middle class working man can afford? Typical range in cost for a patient will suffice, but not having any idea from your website as to the cost makes this a bit of a problem.

  13. PB

    8 months ago

    Dear Louise,

    Thanks for your question. We have treated a number of people with COPD and other chronic lung diseases who are on oxygen therapy. Under the care and supervision of their doctors, some of those people have been able to reduce their oxygen therapy use. You can watch more of our patients’ stories by clicking here. We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell treatment for COPD, 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. PB

    8 months ago

    Dear Daniel,

    Thanks for your comment and question. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies, Medicare and Medicaid don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies 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 about stem cell treatment for COPD. Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment, candidacy and cost, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  15. Daniel Calkins

    8 months ago

    I am very interested. I have had severe COPD for a number of years. And all the decline in breathing that it brings. Would any of this be covered by Medicare and Medicaid. Please send me info.

  16. Louise zendt

    8 months ago

    I am on 6 oxygen do you think it could help me.

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