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Frequently Asked Questions: What Does Cellular Treatment Therapy Do?

2 Aug 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions: What Does Cellular Therapy Do?

The simplest questions can often have complex answers. We’re here to make it easy and answer the question “what does cellular therapy do?”

Among the most frequently asked questions we experience at the Lung Institute, and perhaps the most important is simply “what does cellular therapy do?” For many suffering from chronic lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, or emphysema, the search for an effective treatment option can be difficult. Traditional treatment options often only serve to address the symptoms of the disease rather than the progression of the disease itself. And unfortunately, these traditional treatment options are not without their own side-effects. In the search for a treatment that does more than lessen their existing symptoms, patients frequently discover cellular therapy.

With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to give you the simplest answer to the complex question of What Does Cellular Therapy Do?

First, What Are Cells?

Imagine your body as a puzzle, with each cell of your body being represented as a puzzle piece. Although many of the pieces are different, unique in their own way, there are some that just seem obvious and basic enough to get you started. These pieces could be the corners, or maybe the outer edges, but their purpose is to lay the foundation for the rest of the puzzle. In this sense, cells are the body’s foundation; they are the fundamental building blocks that go on to make up everything from your heart to your lungs.

Cells are incredible for their ability to transform and diversify into other cell types. Beginning as near-universal building blocks, a cell could be introduced to the brain to become a brain cell, introduced to the heart to become a heart cell or introduced to the lungs to become a lung cell. Luckily, these cells are naturally occurring—meaning they can be found throughout the body—particularly within the blood.

Characteristically drawn to areas of damage or degeneration, cells are key to the science of regenerative medicine and serve as a natural and fundamental method of promoting healing, using the body’s own repair process.

Frequently Asked Questions: What Does Cellular Therapy Do?

And, How Do They Work?

When a drug or another medication is introduced into the body through an IV, it goes directly to the right side of the heart, which works to pump blood throughout your body. After a few heartbeats, it is then pushed into the lungs and into the rest of the body. However, in the case of cells, when they are introduced into the body through an IV, they get trapped within the lungs in a location called the pulmonary trap. Once trapped, these cells are locked in, working to jump start the natural healing process.

In the treatment of lung disease, once cells are introduced into the body and find themselves trapped within the lungs, they nestle into areas of damage and degeneration and begin to stimulate the release of various cytokines. Cytokines are, in essence, chemical messengers that tell a cell what to do, and how to do it. Through this stimulation, cytokines work to relieve inflammation in the lungs and dilate bronchial airways, reducing flare-ups and aiding in easier breathing.

So, What Does Cellular Therapy Do for Me?

If you’re looking to take a more proactive approach to treatment, it’s time to consider cellular therapy. Rather than only addressing the symptoms of lung disease, cellular therapy may directly affect disease progression, may improve quality of life and pulmonary function within patients. For those who suffer from lung disease, a change in quality of life could mean the difference between struggling to walk to the mailbox and riding a bike.

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, emphysema or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult cellular therapy options. Contact us today at 888-745-6697 to see if you qualify for cellular therapy, and find out what cellular therapy could mean for you.

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^ Quality of Life Survey data measured the patient’s self-assessed quality of life and measurable quality of improvement at three months of COPD patients.

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