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Stem Cell Treatment for COPD: Patients’ Stories

13 Jan 2017
| Under COPD, Lung Disease, Patient Stories, Treatments | Posted by | 23 Comments
Stem Cell Treatment for COPD: Patients' Stories

For people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), finding the best treatment option can be challenging. When dealing with shortness of breath, persistent coughing, fatigue and other COPD symptoms on a daily basis, feeling like yourself can be difficult as well. Many of our patients come to us after hearing there isn’t much hope for them from their doctors or when their current COPD treatment plan isn’t working to its fullest. Stem cell treatment for COPD works differently than traditional treatments by working to promote healing from within the lungs. With the potential to improve quality of life, many people with chronic lung diseases are adding stem cell treatment for COPD into their current treatment plan. Here are some of our patients’ stories.

What challenges did our patients face that caused them to investigate stem cell treatment for COPD?

Our patient, Herbert K., had very little quality of life. When he went to the grocery store, he could barely get from his car to a shopping cart. Every morning, Herbert’s walk from the bedroom to the kitchen was nearly impossible. He had to take breaks and lean on the counter to catch his breath. Even talking on the phone or holding a conversation made him feel out of breath.

Another patient, Greg B., couldn’t bend over to pick up sticks in his yard or walk very far without being completely out of breath. He had to use supplemental oxygen and felt tired of having tubing hanging out of his nose.

In patient Ronnie G.’s words, having COPD “was kind of like having a plastic bag over my head.” He was only able to walk 10 to 15 feet before he felt like he couldn’t breathe, and he would have to stop to catch his breath.

How do our patients feel now?

After receiving stem cell treatment for COPD, Herbert is able to breathe better and is walking a mile every other day with his wife. While he still has to take a few breaks during his mile walk, he feels better and like he can breathe again. In fact, he’s only using his oxygen at night now. Herbert can go fishing, help with household chores and do handyman activities around the house.

Stem Cell Treatment for COPD: Patients' Stories

For Greg, feeling positive changes to his health started quickly after treatment. In fact, Greg is even able to mow his yard, bend over and pick up sticks, take walks and participate in exercise at pulmonary rehab. While he still uses his oxygen for certain tasks, he has been able to reduce his oxygen therapy use and keep his oxygen levels up.

Pleased with his stem cell treatment for COPD, Ronnie says he no longer hurts all the time.  He’s able to go outside more often, get up and move around the house more easily, walk down the road to his daughter’s house, spend time in the barn and go to stock shows without hurting. Like the other patients, Ronnie has reduced his oxygen therapy use as well.

What are their family and friends saying?

Stem Cell Treatment for COPD: Patients' Stories

Herbert’s family and friends have noticed his improvements, too. Now, he’s able to participate in more activities with his grandkids, like playing games. His family and friends have noticed a difference when he talks on the phone, too.

Even Greg’s doctor noticed a difference. Stunned at Greg’s improvements, his doctor listened to Greg’s lungs and was surprised at how clear his lungs sounded after stem cell treatment for COPD. His doctor couldn’t hear any wheezing, and they both look forward to seeing how Greg continues to improve.

Ronnie’s family and friends are happy to see Ronnie’s progress. One day, when Ronnie was at Sunday school, a man said, “You look brighter right now than you have been.” Ronnie smiled and said, “Yes sir!”

What are our patients’ stem cell treatment for COPD reviews?

After living with the difficulty of gasping for air, Herbert decided to give stem cell treatment for COPD a try. Herbert feels like he has been given a chance at life and a second chance to be with his family.

Before his treatment, Greg couldn’t do anything he wanted to do, and he felt like he always had to wait to catch his breath. Now, Greg is tickled about how much better he feels, saying “I feel like a million dollars.”

Ronnie’s stem cell treatment for COPD review is simple. He says, “I would tell them to go! I’ve got a better outlook on life!”

While there isn’t a cure for COPD or other chronic lung diseases, there are a variety of treatment options, such as medications, oxygen therapy and stem cell therapy. Watch more of our patients’ stories to learn more about how stem cell treatment helped them regain their quality of life. If you or someone you love has COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis or another chronic lung disease and would like to learn more about stem cell treatment options, contact us at (800) 729-3065.

23 Comments

  1. Phoebe

    16 hours ago

    Dear Russell,

    Thanks for your comment and question. To best answer your question, more sensitive medical information is needed, which cannot be discussed over the internet. However, our medical staff is available to answer your questions and gather more information from you over our secure phone line to keep our patients and their private information safe. Our medical staff can further discuss the different treatment types and what treatment type you may be a candidate for based on your medical history. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Russell

    4 days ago

    Since the differnt treatmend modalities (Stem cell;Blood(ven-
    ous); Bone Marrow) are not covered by Medicare or Insurance, what would be the cost of each respective treatmnt?

  3. M R

    2 months ago

    Thanks for sharing, Mary!

  4. Mary Olds

    2 months ago

    I had your stem cell treatment and the first day I felt like a weight had been lifted from my chest–I opted for two day treatment—second day I did a lot of coughing–for the treatment given had loosened up lot of phlem–and I coughed most way home (from Tn. to Ind.) I had my doubts then–but as time goes on (over a week now) things are getting little easier, I am doing all that has been ask of me to do at home–and will continue to do so–I feel for some it can help–and may not for others–for me it seems to get little better every day–praying so. will keep all posted.
    Walked an inside track today–took me 6 min. for each lap- did 5 laps–with sit break in between–7 laps is a mile–maybe tomorrow??

  5. PB

    3 months ago

    Dear Eddie,

    Thanks for your comment. We’re sorry to hear about the challenges you have been facing with sarcoidosis. Like you, many people with chronic lung diseases find running and walking nearly impossible to do. While there are treatment options available to help people with chronic lung diseases breathe easier and to improve their quality of life, there isn’t a cure for chronic lung diseases at this time. We’re happy to answer any questions you have about stem cell treatment, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. PB

    3 months ago

    Dear Paul,

    First and foremost, we want to thank you for your service to our country, and we’re sorry to hear that you have a painful chronic lung disease. Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for COPD and other chronic lung diseases at this time. However, there are treatment options available to help improve quality of life and make breathing easier. It’s important to see your doctor regularly, especially if you notice a change in your lung health or overall health. You and your doctor will work together to develop the best treatment plan for you. This may include inhalers, corticosteroids, pulmonary rehabilitation, oxygen therapy and other types of medications. You can read more about the various chronic lung disease treatment options by clicking here. We hope this information is helpful for you, and we wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  7. Paul Lavoie

    3 months ago

    It is a DISGUSTING slap in the face of AMERICAN people, especially people such as myself, a 3 WAR VETERAN who gave all for his country to be told I have a lung disease, caused by my working as a mechanic, doing brake jobs on cars that had 100% asbestos brake pads as well as the leaded gas fumes I used to breathe as a young man pumping leaded gas for AMERICANS! And now I am told to go to HELL and SUFFER! Yes we have a cure that will ease your pain and better your life if you can come up with $30 grand! What a bunch of BULL! Whatever happened to OUR Country of the FREE and EQUAL PEOPLES! It is only FREE and EQUAL if you happen to be a TRUMP! U DISGUST ME!

  8. Eddie

    3 months ago

    I have sarcoidosis. ..can’t run anymore and walking is no longer a joy…
    I’m tired of so called lung treatments Doctors CURE their bank accounts…

  9. sh

    3 months ago

    Dear Jean,

    Please take a look at our webpage that explains how treatment works here: https://lunginstitute.com/treatment/stem-cell-treatment-basics/

    Best Regards,
    The Lung Institute

  10. sh

    3 months ago

    Dear Emil,

    If you’re currently cancer-free and not smoking, stem cell therapy may be a good option.
    We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell therapy, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells and treatment. We hope to hear from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  11. sh

    3 months ago

    Dear Robert,

    Our patient coordinators will have some suggestions for funding treatment. Please give them a call.
    Unfortunately, at this time, neither Medicare nor insurance covers 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.

    The Lung Institute focuses on treating people with chronic lung diseases, such as COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis and interstitial lung disease. We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell therapy, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment, candidacy and cost. We hope to hear from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  12. sh

    3 months ago

    Dear Darla,

    Please contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment, candidacy and cost. We hope to hear from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  13. sh

    3 months ago

    Hello, Diane.
    Please contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment, candidacy and cost. We hope to hear from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  14. Jean Blythe

    3 months ago

    How do you get the stem cells? Are you using the persons own stem cells? How long of a process is this and what are the requirements?

  15. Emil L Kruse jr

    3 months ago

    Hi,just came upon your advertisement and like what I;m reading. I;m a lung cancer surviver for 10 yrs now and am wondering if your program could help me even though I only have 1 1/2 lungs? Please email me with your response.Thnaks ! Emil l.kruse jr.

  16. Robert Dyer

    3 months ago

    I called your office and inquired if medicare would pay for this treatment and i was told it would not. like many of our senior citizens who depend on medicare for their medical coverage and as i am 74 years old, retired and on a fixed income i cannot afford to pay for this treatment on my own. It seems to me that any treatment for any health problems that most cannot afford is a waste of time and money spent on research.

  17. Darla

    3 months ago

    Does the extent of improvement with stem cell treatment become lower as you age?

  18. pmmb

    3 months ago

    I was recently was diagnosed with copd. However I am living my life as usual. I take Encruse Elipta daily and lots of good supplements for the lungs. Redd Lung and Clear lungs are excellent. I have not coughed in a over year. I also take sovereign silver and I’m up to date on flu shots and pneumonia shots. Doctor said I’m doing great.

  19. Diane Kelly

    3 months ago

    How do you know if you qualify for this treatment? Does Medicare and supplemental insurance pay for it?

  20. PB

    4 months ago

    Dear Carol Ann,

    Thanks for your comment. We’re sorry to hear about the challenges you have been facing with COPD. Many people with COPD find it helpful to join a COPD support group in their local area, so they can be around other people with COPD and gain helpful advice from them. Remember to see your doctor regularly and to talk about any changes you have noticed in your COPD symptoms with your doctor. We wish you the best.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  21. PB

    4 months ago

    Dear Ralph,

    Thanks for your comment. Like you, many people with COPD are prescribed breathing treatments and inhalers to help them breathe easier. If you would like to learn more about stem cell treatment for COPD, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149, and we would be happy to answer your questions. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  22. Ralph Colbert

    4 months ago

    C O P D take breathing treatments every Four hours or as needed Symbicort 160/5.5 inhaler twice Daley

  23. Carol Ann Ketchum

    4 months ago

    I have COPD,since moving back to rotten central Florida,and not living by ocean as I did before,my COPD has got worst,feel better living back nort,but can’t seem to sell house for what we need to get,can’t rent it,for people around here trash houses,so feel doomed,hate area and people?

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