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Knowing the state of the field is critical to making the right decision for your health.
Although stem cell therapy has come a long way in the treatment of chronic lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis (PF) and interstitial lung disease, it’s important to know the opinions of doctors within the field. As a relatively emerging form of treatment for chronic lung disease, the viewpoint of doctors on current stem cell treatment methods, and what their opinions are on the future of the field is key.
This is true, not only because they—along with treatment clinics like the Lung Institute—will need to push the field forward to bring the treatment further into the mainstream, but because of patients who’ve run out of options, the confidence of their physicians is an important component in their health decisions.
With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to bridge the gap between your current knowledge and what’s being said by experts in the field and help you find out what doctors are saying about stem cells.
So, What Are Doctors Saying About Stem Cell Therapy?
Doctor opinions on stem cell therapy have typically been mixed—with some being dismissive of the science to others being optimistic for anything that may provide lasting relief for their patients. What is clear from medical professionals in the field across the board is there is a clear applicable potential for the use of stem cell therapy as a form of treatment. The Lung Institute collects patient outcomes data to show how patients are being affected by treatment. The Lung Institute has seen great success, but new medical practices take time to become widely accepted. Sometimes, patients do not have time to wait.
“Stem cell technologies are reshaping how medicine is practiced in the U.S., yet our traditional way of introducing a medication, instrument or procedure has been found to be too slow, too expensive, too cumbersome and frequently, not applicable to the situation,” said Jack Coleman, M.D., medical director of the Lung Institute.
The scientific field has a broad understanding of what happens within the body on a molecular level once these specialized reparative cells enter the body. They are attracted to areas of the body that are damaged and will spur the release of pericytes and cytokines, which promote internal healing. However, some claim there is still much to learn in order to produce consistent and replicative effects in all patients. This is why it is so important for stem cell clinics to collect and study data.
It is important to note there is minimal risk in receiving stem cell treatment because the cells are derived from a person’s own body, and are not foreign to it in any way. This reduces negative side effects that are typical of most medications. Because of this, many people facing limited options decide to try stem cell therapy, and many have seen an improvement in their quality of life as a result. Furthermore, many primary care doctors who were initially skeptical of treatment are amazed by the results that patients experience after receiving stem cell.
The knowledge that is available about stem cell therapy is growing, and the Lung Institute partners with and works to educate primary care providers on the benefits of stem cell therapy. While it’s important for patients to be able to take their health decisions into their own hands, it’s also important for doctors to be educated in all available treatment options so they may give their patients the most current and viable information
“Our responsibility is to give the best, safest treatment to patients to relieve pain and suffering and prolong quality of life. Our world is getting smaller, knowledge is becoming more egalitarian and medical care is becoming more standardized across nations,” said Dr. Coleman. “At some point, we may realize that healthcare development from bench to bedside needs to progress beyond national sovereignty and become a global effort.”
So, What Can I Do Now?
Luckily, current available treatment options do more than simply address the symptoms. Stem cell therapy has the potential to stop the progression of the disease and, in some cases, even improve a person’s condition. Many Lung Institute patients see an improvement in their quality of life after receiving stem cell therapy from the Lung Institute.
However, in managing your quality of life, the first step is always to quit smoking,if you haven’t already. The second would be to address your overall health through diet and exercise.
With these behavioral changes, it’s possible to greatly affect the pronouncement of symptoms within those with COPD, emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis. However, when lifestyle changes fail to improve your quality of life in the way you may expect, it may be time to consider stem cell therapy. Rather than addressing the symptoms of lung disease, stem cell therapy may directly affect disease progression and may improve quality of life.
For more information on stem cell therapy and what it could mean for your life moving forward, contact us today or call us at (800) 729-3065. Our patient coordinators will walk you through our available treatment options, discuss your current health and medical history and determine a qualifying treatment plan that works best for you.
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