End Stage COPD is also known as Advanced COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive disease that moves through 4 stages. According to the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) the stages vary from mild to very severe.
The beginning stages of COPD are marked by a small decrease in lung functioning and the need for either prescription drugs or lifestyle modifications. By the time advanced COPD develops, lung function drops down to the low 90, or even 80, percent of a healthy lung. When this happens, simply medications will not help alleviate symptoms of COPD. Many people have to use supplemental oxygen because their lungs are unable to bring in enough oxygen to keep the bloodstream at an operational level. This decrease in oxygen leads to vital organs straining to function properly and can cause a host of related conditions like hypertension, heart disease and stroke to name a few.
Treating Advanced COPD
Unfortunately, there is no cure for COPD, which means its terminal and will be with you for the rest of your life, but that doesn’t mean you should resolve to a life of worsening health. Most people with advanced COPD can’t even walk to their mail box without help, and some need over an hour just to take a shower. Luckily, there are some alternative treatment options that go beyond simple symptom management.
Stem cell therapy for lung disease has been a growing treatment option over the past few years. At the Lung Institute, a progressive stem cell treatment clinic that has emerged as a leader in the global stem cell community, they use stem cells from the patient’s own body to treat lung disease. The cells are called autologous stem cells. These cells are taken intravenously from the patient’s blood (venous stem cells) or from bone marrow stem cells. The new healthy cells are attracted to the areas of the damaged lung cells and get to work promoting the healing of lung tissue. This results is the ability of the patients to breathe easier and inevitably get their life back.
A progressive lung disease like COPD often leads to a patient needing to take their treatment into their own hands through researching various options that may seem non-traditional. Most patients are not ready to simply give up on their health, and unfortunately the prognosis that comes along with COPD can seem like it’s the only option.