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Frequently Asked Questions: What Does Stem Cell Therapy Do?

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

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

Among the most frequently asked questions we experience at the Lung Institute, and perhaps the most important is simply “what does stem cell 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 stem cell therapy.

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

First, What Are Stem 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, stem 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.

Stem cells are incredible for their ability to transform and diversify into other cell types. Beginning as near-universal building blocks, a stem 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 stem cells are naturally occurring—meaning they can be found throughout the body—particularly within the blood and bone marrow.

Characteristically drawn to areas of damage or degeneration, stem 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 Stem Cell 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 stem 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 stem cells are locked in, working to jump start the natural healing process.

In the treatment of lung disease, once stem 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 Stem Cell Therapy Do for Me?

If you’re looking to take a more proactive approach to treatment, it’s time to consider stem cell therapy. Rather than only addressing the symptoms of lung disease, stem cell therapy acts to directly affect disease progression, working to restore 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 stem cell treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for stem cell therapy, and find out what stem cell therapy could mean for you.

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9 Comments

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  2. PB

    3 months ago

    Dear Vickie,

    Thanks for your question. We have a very comprehensive follow-up program. Patients do follow-up with the Lung Institute remotely, and patients also go see their regular physicians. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator and to have your questions regarding stem cell treatments answered. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  3. Vickie Foster

    3 months ago

    after the treatment does the patient come back to the institute or their own physician?

  4. PB

    4 months ago

    Dear Barbara,

    Thanks for your question. Treatment cost varies depending on treatment type, so it’s best to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator to answer your question. Our patient coordinators have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment, candidacy and cost, and they are happy to answer your questions and discuss treatment options and cost with you. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  5. Barbara Tonecha

    4 months ago

    Could you please tell us how much this treatment costs. If I don’t have enough money then there is no need to bother anybody.

  6. PB

    4 months ago

    Dear Mary,

    Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies and Medicare still don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies and Medicare 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. 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

  7. mary mcpeak

    4 months ago

    Has the insurance companies decided to cover stem therapy yet? I am in dire need of treatment,but have BC and Medicare.

  8. PB

    4 months ago

    Dear Anna,

    Unfortunately, at this time, insurance companies and Medicare don’t cover treatment. However, we’re hopeful that treatment will be covered by insurance companies and Medicare 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. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  9. annadunn@suddenlink.net

    4 months ago

    Is this covered by Medicare and Supplimental Insurances?

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