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Traditional Treatment Options vs. Stem Cell Therapy

16 May 2016
| Under Disease Education, FAQs, Lung Disease, Medical, Treatments | Posted by | 12 Comments
Traditional Treatment Options vs. Stem Cell Therapy

Traditional Treatment Options vs. Stem Cell Therapy

When you live with a condition such as chronic lung disease, deciding on the best treatment options for you can be frustrating. Everyone is unique, and medical conditions affect people in different ways, so knowing what to try and what to avoid is an often-stressful challenge. Several traditional treatment options exist for people with COPD and other chronic lung diseases, and alternative treatments for COPD—such as stem cell therapy—are available as well. Here are some considerations for choosing between Traditional Treatment Options vs. Stem Cell Therapy.

Traditional Treatment Options

Traditional treatment options for people with COPD include medications, inhalers, supplemental oxygen, and in severe cases, lung reduction or transplant. While these options can extend one’s lifespan, they treat only the symptoms of the condition, not the condition itself. According to the National Institutes of Health, about 78 percent of patients survive the first year after receiving a lung transplant, and this percentage decreases with each following year. About 63 percent survive 3 years after surgery, and about 51 percent make it to 5 years.

For people with moderate to severe COPD, many doctors prescribe additional therapies such as oxygen therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation to help their patients. Oxygen therapy helps people with COPD to receive sufficient oxygen. Pulmonary rehabilitation programs combine exercise, education and support to help people learn to breathe and function at the highest level possible.

Traditional Treatment Options vs. Stem Cell Therapy

Stem Cell Therapy

The Lung Institute also offers alternative treatments for COPD through stem cell therapy. Highly trained Lung Institute medical professionals extract the patient’s stem cells from blood or bone marrow tissue, and then separate the cells and return them to the patient. Once in circulation, the stem cells can begin to promote the healing of lung tissue, which can potentially improve lung function.

How to Learn More about Stem Cell Therapy

The Lung Institute is happy to answer your questions. With clinics nationwide, we are here to help you along the way on your journey to breathing more easily. Now that you have information about traditional treatment options vs. stem cell therapy, you can work with your doctors to develop a treatment plan that is right for you. For more information about stem cell therapy at the Lung Institute, how stem cell therapy can be used to battle lung disease and how you could improve your quality of life, feel free to contact us today at (800) 729-3065.

12 Comments

  1. PB

    5 months ago

    Dear Karen,

    Thanks for your comment. The Lung Institute first opened three years ago in Tampa, FL. Since first opening, the Lung Institute has expanded and now has clinics in Scottsdale, AZ.; Pittsburgh, PA.; Nashville, TN.; and most recently, Dallas, TX. All of our stem cell treatments are performed at our clinic in our onsite lab. Because patient care is a top priority, we want to make sure that patients have information about the surrounding area as well. We’re happy to answer any questions you have regarding stem cell treatments, 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.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Karen

    5 months ago

    I find it odd that when you go to the location link you provide more information about the city than your office. I want to know about the facility, how long it’s been there, is the stem cell procedure held in your office or some other location within the city. This is such a serious matter and telling me where I can have fun in the city seems inappropriate as most people can figure out where the attractions are in the city they choose to visit.

  3. PB

    6 months ago

    Dear Shirley,

    Thanks for your comment. Because lung disease affects everyone differently and because of the variety of questions, it’s important to speak one-on-one with someone who can answer personal questions in a private setting. Since you’ve expressed an interest to learn more, click here to learn about stem cell treatment basics. We’re happy to answer anyone’s personal questions about lung disease or questions regarding stem cell therapy. Our patient coordinators have specialized knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to have your questions answered. We wish you the best, and we look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. shirley

    6 months ago

    I find it “odd” that you have not answered 1 question..just giving out phone numbers….I would like to find out alot more on this procedure bu you fail to have my trust factor.I mean for goodness sake give a straight answer..thats what question and answer means

  5. PB

    7 months ago

    Dear Tracey,

    Thanks for your question. We would be happy to answer your questions regarding stem cell treatment options today, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Tracey

    7 months ago

    Is this treatment available to someone who is in end stage COPD or would they be too weak to give blood or marrow and receive the treatment.

  7. PB

    7 months ago

    Hello Cim,

    Thank you for your questions. Because treatment cost varies depending on treatment type, it’s best to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. They have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options and cost, and they are happy to answer your questions. I have reached out to one of our patient coordinators regarding LAM, and if you would like to speak with her, please call her at (813) 867-8926. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Cim

    7 months ago

    Iam wondering if this procedure would work for someone with severe LAM lung disease? What is the average cost for treatment?

  9. PB

    7 months ago

    Dear John,

    Thanks for your comment and for your questions. Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies 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. In the meantime, you can learn more about stem cell treatment options and have your questions answered by one of our patient coordinators. We would be happy to answer your questions, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  10. PB

    7 months ago

    Dear Sidney,

    Thank you for your questions, and we’re sorry to hear that your wife has been going through such a difficult time with COPD. We would be happy to answer your questions and your wife’s questions today, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our qualified patient coordinators. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  11. sidney

    7 months ago

    my wife is on the list for a lung transplant and has been for 7 months , she was dignoised with copd about 6 years ago ,she is getting worse all the time but don’t know if she will ever get a transplant . will this stem cell work for her and if so to what % would be normal.

  12. JOHN

    7 months ago

    In 2010 it was discovered by accident when I went into the hospital for a intestinal blockage that I have asbestos and for many years prior my pulmonary doctor was telling me I had allergies .After I found out I found a doctor who placed me in the hospital once again collapsed my lung took a biopsy to see if it was cancer the lab report came back no cancer, so my question is could this type of treatment help my condition . And does medical insurance pay for this type of treatment . At this time I live in NEW YORK but I am looking to move to Florida some time in July or August.

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