Stem Cell Transplant Therapy
If you’re researching alternative treatment options for chronic lung diseases, you may have come across information about stem cell transplant therapy. The Lung Institute is here to help you better understand your options. Here’s what you need to know:
What is stem cell transplant therapy?
According to the Mayo Clinic, a bone marrow transplant, which is also known as a stem cell transplant, is a procedure that infuses stem cells into your body to replace damaged or diseased bone marrow. Bone marrow transplants may use cells from your own body called autologous transplant or from a donor, which is an allogeneic transplant. Stem cell transplants can help people with various cancerous and noncancerous diseases.
How is stem cell transplant therapy different than stem cell therapy at the Lung Institute?
The Lung Institute offers stem cell treatment for chronic lung diseases, such as COPD, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis, interstitial lung disease and others. The Lung Institute only uses autologous stem cells, which are cells derived from the patient’s own body. These versatile stem cells are extracted from blood or bone marrow tissue, separated and then returned to the patient intravenously. Once the stem cells are returned to the patient, they can begin to promote the healing of lung tissue, potentially improving lung function.
What is a stem cell?
Stem cells are the building blocks of life and essential to every organism. They self-renew and replicate with the ability to form any type of tissue in the body. Adult stem cells from one organ can create tissue from another organ, which is known as plasticity. Plasticity is a key function of stem cells in regenerative medicine.
How do the stem cells get into the lungs?
When something, such as medication or stem cells, is introduced to your body through an IV into your blood, it goes directly to the right side of your heart. Within a heartbeat or two, it is pushed straight to the lungs. Then oxygen-rich blood travels throughout the body. In a study conducted at the National Institutes of Health, researchers found that once stem cells arrive in the lungs, they become trapped in the lungs. This is commonly called the pulmonary trap, and this is why the stem cells can help people with chronic lung diseases so much.
Where can I go to learn more about stem cell therapy at the Lung Institute?
The Lung Institute is happy to answer your questions. With clinics nationwide, we are here to help you every step of the way. We hope this answers your questions about the differences between stem cell transplant therapy and stem cell treatments for lung disease at the Lung Institute. For more information about stem cell therapy options at the Lung Institute, about how stem cell therapy can be used to battle lung disease and how you could improve your quality of life, feel free to contact us today at (800) 729-3065.