The official blog of the Lung Institute.
A cursory Google search of the question, “Will Stem Cell Therapy Cure my COPD” will yield disturbing information about unscrupulous clinics claiming that stem cells can cure everything from brain tumors to the common cold. Unfortunately, this simply isn’t true. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive disease, meaning the condition gradually worsens over time. However, developments in stem cell therapy have made it possible to promote healing in damaged lung tissue, and the Lung Institute exists to improve the quality of life for people suffering from chronic lung disease.
For patients who have been diagnosed with a respiratory illness such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis or interstitial lung disease, quality of life can be dramatically impaired, both physically and mentally. When suffering from a chronic lung disease, tasks as simple as walking to the mailbox, taking a shower or cooking dinner can become extremely difficult, challenging the idea of a normal life.
Pathophysiology and Prognosis of COPD
COPD is caused by a combination of two different diseases: chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Emphysema causes the alveoli to lose elasticity, thus not expanding properly during respiration.
Bronchioles become inflamed, which causes excess mucus production, leading to bronchitis. When this becomes a persistent cycle, it causes COPD.
It is estimated that COPD affects about 24 million Americans — and a whopping 12 million of those are undiagnosed. Due to the chronic, progressive nature of COPD, it has no cure, but early treatment can help slow the progression.
Every person with COPD is different, which makes discussing prognosis difficult. If diagnosed early, people can live with COPD for many years. If undiagnosed and untreated, people tend to do poorly.
Treatment for COPD
Until now, traditional treatment options commonly came with negative side effects, aiming only to relieve symptoms, rather than address the progression of the disease itself. Seeing a lack of available and effective treatment options, the Lung Institute has developed a stem cell therapy protocol for the treatment of lung disease with the purpose of affecting more than just its symptoms.
Each patient has a unique story and a distinctive health history. Whether they’ve spent a lifetime smoking, lived in close proximity with those who did or developed lung disease as a result of genetic factors, each person deserves a treatment program tailored to their individual situation.
At the Lung Institute, we comprehensively screen each patient, focusing on medical history and current condition to increase the probability of the best-possible treatment results.
Using the natural maintenance capabilities of stem cells, we withdraw and separate the patient’s stem cells from his or her blood or bone marrow. We then reintroduce the stem cells, and once returned, the stem cells aggregate in the lungs, promoting both natural healing and inflammation reduction.
So, will stem cell therapy cure my COPD? Unfortunately, the answer is no. There is currently no cure for COPD, but stem cell treatment may improve quality of life for patients while they wait and hope for the cure that we have to believe waits just over the scientific horizon.
Many patients report feeling better after treatment. Patients report a newfound ability to live a more active life, pursuing their favorite activities and often report that they’re able to reduce their reliance on oxygen therapy. Stem cell therapy can help people in any stage of COPD, from stage 1 to end-stage. If you or a loved one has COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or another chronic lung disease, contact us at (800) 729-3065 to learn more about your stem cell treatment options.