Cellular Therapy Basics
All You Need to Know About Cells
What is a Cell?
Cells are the building blocks of life–essential to every organism. They self-renew and replicate, with the ability to form any type of tissue in the body.
The Cellular Therapy Process
The cells are harvested from the patient’s own blood . They are separated and returned to the patient intravenously. Once the cells are returned to the patient, they can begin to promote healing.
How do Cells Target the Lungs?
When something, such as medication, blood, or cells, is introduced to your body through an IV, it goes directly to the right side of the heart. Within a heartbeat or two, it is pushed straight to the lungs. Then your blood distributes the item throughout the body. However, this process changes a little when it comes to cells. During studies conducted for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), researchers found that cells go through this process but get trapped when they arrive in the lungs. This is commonly called the pulmonary trap, and although it may not be good news for someone who wishes to see those cells move throughout the body, it’s a happy occurrence for those looking to slow down the progression of a chronic lung disease.