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Treating COPD with Bone Marrow

22 Mar 2016
| Under Bone Marrow, COPD, Lung Disease, Treatments | Posted by | 21 Comments
Treating COPD with Bone Marrow

Bone marrow stands above all others as the best source of stem cells. Here’s why…

Although the science of stem cell therapy has seen rapid advancement in recent years- particularly in the discovery that adult stem cells (autologous) could be found in blood (venous) and bone marrow- the use of bone marrow in stem cell treatment has been in practice since the 1950s. Today, through the use of stem cell therapy, the inherent healing properties of bone marrow has been put forth to address a variety of illnesses and chronic diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

In stem cell research, each source for stem cells (blood and bone marrow) possess a different type of stem cell (hematopoietic or mesenchymal), and each of these cell types contain a specific set of biological properties that interact with the body in separate ways. Typically, patients would have a choice between hematopoietic or mesenchymal cells and the benefits they represent, but bone marrow is remarkable because it possesses both, offering the highest regenerative capacity for lungs.

Bone marrow continues to offer the best variety of health benefits inherent in these two cell types, and with your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to explore this fundamental source of adult stem cells.

What Is Bone Marrow?

Treating COPD with Bone Marrow

Bone marrow is the soft, sponge-like substance that fills the inner cavities of bones. It is here that blood is produced. Within that soft, spongy bone marrow are tiny spaces where blood, stem cells and signaling factors are held. Those stem cells can be either hematopoietic or mesenchymal:

  • Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSC)

    • Stimulates stem cells from other areas of the body to come to the site of damage
    • Encourages the growth of new blood vessels and vasculature.
  • Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC)

    • Produce bioactive factors including cytokines and various growth factors.
    • Contribute to tissue maintenance and repair due to inherent anti-inflammatory properties.
    • Influence the immune system, promoting cell development maturation.
  • Signaling Factors

    • Growth Factor- naturally occurring substance capable of stimulating: cellular growth, proliferation, healing and cellular differentiation; usually in the form of a protein.
    • Cytokines- category of small proteins that are important in cell signaling affecting the behavior of other cells (see signaling factors).

Collecting Bone Marrow

Treating COPD with Bone Marrow

In collecting bone marrow, the Lung Institute uses the best techniques available to make this quick and common procedure as comfortable as possible. After local anesthesia is administered, the body will experience a gentle numbness as bone marrow fluid is extracted; the entire procedure lasts about 30 minutes.

Bone Marrow in Use

Treating COPD with Bone Marrow

Because bone marrow possesses both hematopoietic and mesenchymal stem cells, bone marrow stands as the leading source of stem cells within the body. As this mixed group of stem cells are reintroduced into the body, they work together to reduce inflammation within the lungs as well as promote healing. Through the blend of both stem cell types and signaling factors, they serve to address both the symptoms of chronic lung disease as well its progression.

Today stem cell treatments using bone marrow are now being harnessed in new ways to help those suffering from lung disease. Celebrated for its diverse healing properties and efficacy, bone marrow has been critical in addressing the symptoms and progression of COPD and other chronic lung diseases.

As the scientific community continues to put their best minds to the task of solving the problems and complications of the human body, the Lung Institute will continue to bring these advancements to the public with the hope of bettering quality of life for those who need it most.

If you’re looking to take control of your health, the time is now. If you or a loved one have COPD or another lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of stem cell treatment options. Contact us at (800) 729-3065 today to find out if you qualify for stem cell therapy.

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21 Comments

  1. PB

    2 months ago

    Dear Brenda,

    Thanks for your question. Yes, stem cells can be extracted from blood as well as from bone marrow. If you would like to learn more about stem cell treatment for COPD or to have your questions regarding stem cell treatment answered, 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

  2. Brenda Bryant

    2 months ago

    Can the stem cells be extracted from somewhere else in the body besides the back up above the buttocts.

  3. PB

    3 months ago

    Dear Lynne,

    Thanks for your questions. Our procedures are minimally invasive and outpatient, which significantly reduces the risks involved. Our medical team has the health and wellness of each patient in mind. Because of the complexities of COPD and the conditions that can come along with COPD, to learn more about your treatment options, it’s best to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, cost and candidacy, and they are happy to answer your questions today. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Lynne Kelley

    3 months ago

    What is the risk involved with bone marrow procedure?

    Do you proceed with the bone narrow treatment if a person has
    very severe COPD with level 3-4 oxygen, 24/7 ?

  5. Eric Romeo

    4 months ago

    My assistant filled out a fillable IRS 1098 version with this link http://goo.gl/tYw1Jh

  6. PB

    4 months ago

    Dear Torri,

    Thanks for your comment. We’re glad you found this information helpful. We are happy to answer your questions regarding stem cell treatment, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  7. Torri Hudspeth

    4 months ago

    Good analysis , I was fascinated by the specifics – Does anyone know if I can acquire a fillable FL 12.932 form to complete ?

  8. PB

    5 months ago

    Dear Larry,

    Thank you for your question. A recent Lung Institute study indicated that 82 percent of patients saw an increase in quality of life after stem cell treatment, and 60 percent of those who took a pulmonary function test reported an increase in lung function. You can read our findings in more detail by clicking here. We’re continuing to collect data will report our findings as we have them. We are also happy to discuss any questions you have one-on-one, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  9. Larry Windham

    5 months ago

    I understand percentage of people seeing positive results following procedure. My question is what is typical improvement in the results. 20% better breathing, 20% increase in walking distance, etc. from the numbers yall have completed, you surely must see an average increase in stamina, ability to exercise, etc. and not just ?? improvement in how the person feels.
    Thanks

  10. PB

    5 months ago

    Dear Harold,

    Thanks for your question. While everyone is different, a recent Lung Institute study indicated that 82 percent of patients saw an increase in quality of life after treatment, and 60 percent of those who took a pulmonary function test reported an increase in lung function. To learn more about stem cell treatment options, candidacy, cost and to have your questions answered, 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

  11. Harold Tosh

    5 months ago

    I have early stages of emphysemia,will this help me?

  12. Cameron Kennerly

    6 months ago

    Hello Laura,

    Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, at this time, current HMO’s do not cover the cost of stem cell treatment. Please review our recent post on “Why Stem Cell Therapy Isn’t Covered by Insurance” for more information. We understand this lack of coverage can be disheartening, however, please give us a call at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our patient coordinators regarding what treatment could mean for your quality of life moving forward, as well as various alternative payment options.

    We appreciate your inquiry and look forward to speaking with you.

    -The Lung Institute

  13. Laura Dick

    6 months ago

    Does insurance cover the cost of stem cell treatment?

  14. PB

    7 months ago

    Dear Jenevie,

    Thanks for your comment and question. The Lung Institute is not 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. However, you could check out the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Trials information to see if there are clinical trials available and to learn more about clinical trials. 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.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  15. Jenevie Jo stone

    7 months ago

    Will you please inform me of any clinical trials that I can pertisipate in, as it would be difficult for me to pay for all of the treatment. I have copd, and would be so happy to be able to walk a block without stopping to catch my breath. Please return an answere to my question. Pro or con.
    Thank you
    Jenevie Jo stone

  16. PB

    8 months ago

    Dear Lucy,

    To best answer your questions about stem cells, treatment and cost, it’s best to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. They have a wealth of knowledge and would be happy to answer your questions today. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to learn more, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  17. Lucy Tanner

    8 months ago

    do you offer clinical trials if so please contact me I want to have this stem cell done so bad. Thank you.

  18. Cameron Kennerly

    8 months ago

    Hello Adrienne,

    Thanks for your wonderful questions! The bone marrow is extracted from the illiac crest just above the buttocks. The amount of bone marrow collected is about an ounce or two. We do not manipulate the stem cells in any way and bone marrow treatment is considered to be the most aggressive form of treatment for any condition due to its high stem cell concentration. If you have any further questions, please reach out to us at (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our patient coordinators.

    Hope this helps Adrienne and we look forward to speaking with you,

    -The Lung Institute

  19. Adrienne

    8 months ago

    From which bone is the marrow extracted? How much bone marrow us needed for a treatment. Do you use red laser to stimulate stem cell production prior to harvest? Is this the most effective treatment for patients with bronchiectasis? What is the success rate for O2 dependence to no longer need 24/7 oxygen? I am so tired if being tethered to a tank in order to be useful. I do walk everyday & care for 2 grammer school aged grandchildren & would so enjoy walking with them minus a tank to worry about.

  20. Cameron Kennerly

    8 months ago

    Hello Marie,

    Thanks for your comment. Due to the specificity of your questions, and to ensure your privacy, it may be best to speak with one of our patient coordinators directly in order to have your questions answered. Please feel free to contact us today at (855) 313-1149!

    We look forward to hearing from you,

    -The Lung Institute

  21. Marie Zotti

    9 months ago

    Will the bone marrow treatment work where I no longer have to use oxygen?
    Will the bone marrow treatment cause infections?
    How long will it take to feel the results of the bone marrow being introduced into my body?

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