Can Cells Help COPD?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a debilitating lung disease, meaning that it worsens over time without proper treatment and symptom management. The progression of the disease goes through four stages, from mild to very severe. It is characterized by a restriction of airflow into and out of the lungs that makes breathing difficult. COPD is the umbrella term for sufferers who have been diagnosed with or show signs of emphysema and/or chronic bronchitis. Cellular treatment for COPD is an emerging option for people suffering from this condition.

Treatments for COPD 

Unfortunately, there isn’t a known cure for COPD, but that does not mean that the disease can’t be treated. Many physicians prescribe bronchodilators to help expand the airways, allowing more ai to enter and exit the lungs. Also, it is common that a COPD treatment program to include a regiment of breathing and aerobic exercise to rehabilitate some pulmonary functioning. For people in the most severe stages of COPD, supplemental oxygen is also used for treatment. Although most of these treatments are helpful, they do not assistance in the reversal of any symptoms, they are simply used to slow the progression of the disease. A group of physicians have discovered over the past decade that the use of cells can have a positive effect in treating COPD and other pulmonary conditions.

What are Cells? 

Cells are the building blocks for any type of living organism. They have the ability for self-renewal and replication, capable of forming any type of tissue or organ in the body. Cells from one organ are capable of forming tissue for another organ, which is called plasticity. It has been found that cells are capable of being transferred into any one single organ of the body.

Cellular Treatments for COPD 

In the case of lung diseases, autologous cells are used, meaning they come from the patient’s own body, and can be found in blood. Cells have the ability to form many types of various cells.

During the procedure, cellular therapy involves harvesting cells from blood which needs special laboratory methods to gather them. After being extracted from the patient’s body, they are then processed and isolated. They are then given back to the patient intravenously. It surprises many people to hear that the therapy is minimally invasive and normally an outpatient procedure.

These procedures should be completed in a clinical venue under the supervision of a trained physician. It takes a doctor that has sought specific training in cellular therapy to perform the treatment safely and proficiently.

If you would like to learn more about our available cellular therapys for COPD, please contact one of our patient care coordinators today at (800) 729-3065 to schedule a free consultation.

* Every patient is given a Patient Satisfaction Survey shortly after treatment. Responses to the 11-question survey are aggregated to determine patient satisfaction with the delivery of treatment.

^ 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.

All claims made regarding the efficacy of Lung Institute's treatments as they pertain to pulmonary conditions are based solely on anecdotal support collected by Lung Institute. Individual conditions, treatment and outcomes may vary and are not necessarily indicative of future results. Testimonial participation is voluntary. Lung Institute does not pay for or script patient testimonials.

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Each patient is different. Results may vary.