What are Cells?
Cells make up every single organism; they are essential to sustaining life on this planet. They are capable of forming any tissue or organ in the body since they are able to continuously replicate and self-renew. What differentiates cells from other types of cells is their plasticity, which is the ability for adult cells from one organ are able to create tissue for another organ. This is how cells can play a key role in regenerative medicine.
Why Use Cells?
Adult cells therapy can be used to improve the function of any organ or tissue in the body since adult cells are able to become any type of differentiated cell. Since cells are able to self-renew repetitively, they can divide indefinitely, and they specialize to promote the healing of organs, such as lungs. This can significantly improve function by creating new tissue and strengthening organs.
What Cells Are Used?
While there are several types of cells used in the science, the Lung Institute only treats patients with adult autologous cells. This means the cells are coming directly from a patient’s body and are later returned to the same patient during treatment. This decreases the potential of rejection and undermines any possible controversy about cells.
The Lung Institute offers two possible adult cellular therapies: bone marrow cellular therapy and blood-derived therapy cellular therapy. Depending on the nature of the patient’s condition and medical history, the bone marrow therapies are always performed in conjunction with the blood-derived therapy. In comparison, the blood-derived therapies can be performed independently based on the patient’s health. During cellular therapy, the cells go through a specific process to target the damaged tissue or organ.
How Does It Work?
The cells are extracted from the patient’s body either through bone marrow or blood depending on the therapy choice. The cells are isolated by a trained professional in a medical setting. Soon after, they are returned to the patient intravenously, which allows individuals to breathe in the cells. At this point, the cells begin to promote the healing of lung tissue. With their ability to continually replicate, the lungs grow stronger, and patients are able to breathe easier and live better.