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16 Jun 2015
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Lung Disease Patient Shows Improvement from Stem Cell Therapy

Lung Institute Patient sees Progress from Stem Cell Therapy

Tampa, FL (June 16, 2015) – Lung Institute patient Susan M. received stem cell therapy from the Lung Institute on February 9, 2015. Susan owns a horse farm in Texas which requires a lot of hard work on a day-to-day basis. Caring for the farm had become more difficult, almost impossible, for Susan after she developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She worried that she would have to give up doing what she loved most. After undergoing stem cell therapy at the Lung Institute, however, Susan has found continued improvement in her lung function and ability to do daily tasks without becoming short of breath.

The day before treatment, February 8, 2015, Susan was on several daily medications plus supplemental oxygen 24 hours a day. She set the tank on level three for normal daily tasks, and had to bump that number up to four when doing more strenuous activities like riding horses. When she did get the chance to ride, Susan was only able to canter or trot the horses for very short periods of time before having to stop to catch her breath. She had to take a large amount of medication on a daily basis just to survive, taken both morning and night: 500/50 of Advair AM and PM, Spiriva AM, 10 mg. of prednisone daily, plus various allergy medications. Caring for her lung disease had taken over Susan’s life. After a period of taking these expensive medications and hauling an oxygen tank around all day and night, Susan started to search for alternative options. That’s when she found the Lung Institute.

Seeing Results after Stem Cell Therapy

Susan received stem cell therapy on February 9th through the 11th of this year. On the afternoon of the 10th, she decided to do a little walking and sightseeing after her stem cell treatment that day. When she parked the car to get out for sightseeing, however, she realized that her oxygen tank was empty. She filled the tank up with a reserve tank that she keeps in the car, which requires a person to wait 15 minutes before use. Rather than wait, Susan decided to try to walk around. “I walked for about 15 minutes, which totally amazed me. I was out of breath, yes, but I was able to walk whereas normally that would not have happened,” she said. This was only the beginning of the improvements that she noticed.

The first time Susan rode her horses after treatment, she was able to ride for a much longer period of time, no longer gasping for air. Per the recommendation with her pulmonologist, she was able to drop her medication doses in half, reducing down to 250/25 Advair AM and 5 mg. of prednisone.

Susan remains active, tending to daily chores on her horse farm and frequently hitting the gym. “I know it’s hard to exercise when it’s hard to breathe, but IT WORKS!” she says. “I can tell you for sure, that the exercise and strengthening really helps! If you folks could get this word out to your other patients, I can guarantee it helps.”

A great way to measure lung function is using a pulse oximeter. A reading of 95 percent or higher is normal, whereas a reading of 92 percent or less indicates lung disease and typically supplemental oxygen is required. Prior to stem cell treatments, Susan’s pulse oximeter reading was 93 at the highest with the supplemental oxygen. Shortly after the treatments, the reading was hovering around 95. Six weeks after treatments, she had a reading of 99 percent. She is also able to move around without using supplemental oxygen. “I am still wearing the oxygen, but whenever I am in the house and not doing anything strenuous, I do not,” she said.

Susan is very happy with the progress that she has seen after undergoing stem cell therapy at the Lung Institute. She does, however, understand that the progress will not last long term without additional treatments and continuing with a healthy, active lifestyle. However, Susan is adamant that the treatment was worth the cost, as she has regained her ability to exercise and ride her horses, two things that she loves. Until there is a cure for lung disease, stem therapy is here to bring life back within reach.

About the Lung Institute

If you or someone you love is in a similar situation, the Lung Institute might be able to help. At the Lung Institute, we are changing people’s lives across the nation through the innovative technology of regenerative medicine. We recognize the challenges of finding effective and sustainable treatment options for patients who might be suffering from debilitating lung diseases, and we are committed to providing patients a more effective way to address pulmonary conditions and improve quality of life. Our goal is to help patients breathe easier and bring life back within reach. For more information, visit our website at LungInstitute.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or call us today at (800) 729-3065.

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  2. David Ebner

    1 year ago

    Diane,

    Thanks for your comment. There is a lot of information floating around right now both positive and negative concerning stem cell therapy in general. We can only speak to our stem cell procedures. As far as other companies and institutions, we can not confirm that they operate under the same standards as we do. The FDA regulates drugs and medical devices, they do not oversee protocols or the actual way procedures are conducted. All of the drugs and devices that are used during treatment at the Lung Institute are regulated and approved by the FDA. Since stem cells come from the patient’s own body the FDA doesn’t regulate them. It would be as if the FDA regulated your own blood for example. However, the FDA has provided minimal manipulation guidelines for stem cell treatments in the United States and the Lung institute follows these guidelines. We are also prepared to comply with any future regulations if the FDA deems them necessary. Additionally, we voluntarily function under the oversight of an Institutional Review Board (IRB). IRB’s were implemented by the FDA as a body to oversee the quality and outcomes of investigational procedures.
    We are currently collecting additional data to present a more comprehensive sample, but the following statistics represent our patient reported results from May of 2013 until April of 2015:
    Patient reported improvement in quality of life after treatment: 71 percent
    Average improvement in Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) score 6 months after treatment: 10 percent (keep in mind lung disease sufferers who do not receive treatment will experience a continual reduction in PFT scores)
    Percentage of patients that have seen a 40 percent increase in PFT score: 25 percent
    Our patient satisfaction scores remain over 95% at every facility, with our most recent scores at 99%
    I hope this information answers your questions. If you’d like to speak with someone to learn more about stem cell therapy for your specific condition, feel free to call us at (855) 313-1149.

  3. Diane S

    1 year ago

    I have read several articles about your treatment and want to do it but I am a bit skeptical since reading on the American Lung site that many fake clinics have popped up and they are not helping people to breathe easier, only taking their money.. They say they don’t know if these clinics are using the correct stem cells as all do not work the same and more research is needed before people do this. They ask who will be there for you and know what to do in case you have a re-action or something goes wrong…you could die. Also said if they are not approved by FDA or whoever it is that approves drugs and treatments and experimental research on people that then these clinics are illegally doing the treatment on sick people hoping for a miracle cure. Anything you can tell me in your defense?? Thanks

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