Cellular Therapy 101
What are Cells?
Cells are the building blocks of life; they are essential to every living organism. They are able to self-renew and replicate—with the ability to form every type of tissue or organ in the body. Cells from one organ are able to create tissue for another organ; this is called plasticity. This is key to their function as a regenerative medicine.
Why Use Cells?
Cells can be transferred into any single organ in the body since cells have the capacity to develop into many possible differentiated cells.
What Kind of Cells are There?
While there are many options for the type of cells used in the world, the Lung Institute only treats with autologous cells. This means the cells are directly coming from an adult patient’s own body. This decreases the possibility of rejection and eliminates any possible controversy associated with cells.
The Lung Institute offers cellular therapy: Blood-Derived Therapy. During therapy, the cells go through a specific process in order to be ready to help people breathe better.
The Whole Process
The cells are extracted from the patient’s body through blood. The cells are then isolated by a trained professional. Almost immediately, the cells are returned to the patient either intravenously. Once the cells are returned to the patient, they will begin to promote healing in the damaged lung tissue. With their ability to continually replicate, the lungs grow stronger, and patients are able to breathe easier.