Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes to stem cell therapy, people have a number of questions. Here is a list of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) we’ve received:
The Lung Institute offers personalized, ongoing care plans and the highest quality of customer service. Our physicians and staff are dedicated to increasing both the quality and longevity of life for the patients we treat. Our streamlined treatment processes are implemented with professionalism, respect and the utmost concern for patient’s safety and well-being. At the Lung Institute, each patient receives a personalized evaluation and treatment plan designed to produce positive outcomes.
Regenerative medicine is an emerging field of medicine that aims to treat the root cause of degenerative diseases that have been previously considered not treatable. In the past, only the symptoms of these diseases were treated. Today, with the medical advancements of regenerative medicine, we can use your stem cells to help promote healing of your organs.
Stem cells are found in all multicellular organisms. In adults, stem cells can promote the healing of degenerating organs and replace dying cells in order to maintain or improve health. As a result of the healing properties of stem cells, their transplantation in ailing individuals has become the foundation of regenerative medicine. Autologous stem cells are those derived from the affected individual’s own body. They can be transplanted directly into the patient’s affected tissue in order to begin to promote the healing of damaged tissue.
Depending on your condition, the Lung Institute utilizes stem cells to help promote the healing of damaged lung tissue by promote the healing of new tissue. During the procedure, trained specialists extract stem cells from the patient, then isolate and return the stem cells to the same patient. At this point, the stem cells can promote the healing of lung tissue. For further information on the specific utility of stem cells in treating your condition, please contact one of our dedicated patient care coordinators at (800) 729-3065.
Every person’s pain threshold is different, and therefore, there is no steadfast answer to this question. However, many types of stem cell procedures, like the bone marrow stem cell treatment and the venous stem cell treatment performed at the Lung Institute, are minimally invasive and considered significantly less painful than a lung transplant.
The Lung Institute does NOT use fetal or embryonic stem cells. We only utilize adult autologous stem cells from a patient’s own body.
To determine if you are a candidate, we are happy to offer a complimentary review of your medical records. Please help our physicians by answering the questions below.
- What condition are you currently being treated for and when were you diagnosed? You can also provide us with a timeline of the symptoms you have been experiencing.
- What treatments have you undergone, if any?
- What is your date of birth?
No, as the stem cells come from the patient’s own body, there is no risk of rejection.
These advanced procedures are specialized and perfected by the Lung Institute. Innovations in regenerative medicine are on the cutting-edge of medical technology and the Lung Institute is on the forefront of this movement. Additionally, these highly specialized methods are not taught in traditional medical schools or residency programs. Our highly skilled physicians must seek out additional training in order to apply this unique treatment approach.
As you might already expect, there is no definite answer to this question. Determining the life expectancy of an individual with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) directly correlates to the stage of progression of his or her disease and symptoms.
Yes, unfortunately it does, and we know this for certain.
No, not with certainty. Questions like this are difficult to answer due to how COPD affects different individuals. Every case of COPD is different, and has a unique progression throughout the lungs and body. Your overall health and date of diagnosis are important factors in determining life expectancy. Furthermore, researchers from the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) have categorized the stages of severity of COPD to better determine an accurate prognosis.
Pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive form of lung disease that is irreversible. However, decreasing the rate of progression is possible, especially in the instance of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Unfortunately, on average, physicians typically inform pulmonary fibrosis sufferers that their life expectancy post diagnosis is somewhere between two and seven years. However, lung disease affects every individual differently, and therefore, this should not be taken as a standard rule of thumb.
There are multiple factors that affect a patient’s life expectancy with pulmonary fibrosis including his or her medical history, lifestyle and overall present and past health concerns.
Some other factors include:
Responsiveness to treatment
When an individual has a positive response to treatment, it is a good sign that the healthy tissues in their lungs are fighting against the disease. Depending on the type of treatment being utilized, it typically takes around three to six months to see results.
Understanding the cause of pulmonary fibrosis is important for creating a personalized treatment plan. In cases of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, sufferers do not know what has caused their symptoms. Yet they do typically respond more positively to treatment than those that know their pulmonary fibrosis was caused by smoking cigarettes or other medical conditions like lupus.
Time of diagnosis
When an individual receives an early diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis, he or she has a better chance of positively responding to treatment and slowing the progression of the disease. When an individual receives treatment within one year of his or her diagnosis, life expectancy with pulmonary fibrosis improves greatly.
Extent of Damage
Another determining factor is the extent of damage already found in the lungs. The extent of damage can be evaluated through pulmonary functioning tests. If a person is having more difficulty breathing, there is typically more damage in the patient’s lungs. If a person is still breathing relatively well, they have an increased likelihood of responding positively to treatment.
What is the Life Expectancy of Someone with Emphysema?
The symptoms of emphysema affect every individual differently. Because of this, there is no certain answer to this question. Physicians can get a pretty good idea as to how many years an individual has left (within five or ten years) depending on the severity of the disease, but putting an exact day, month or year on mortality is not something someone can accurately determine.
Unfortunately, we do know that emphysema shortens the lifespan of people afflicted with this disease. Can we tell you how many years exactly a person with emphysema has left? No, and most physicians tend to avoid giving a prognosis like this as it causes additional emotional turmoil.
Researchers have devised a scale to rate the progression of emphysema within the lungs, and to give a more accurate portrayal of how many years a person may have left. This system is used as a tool to better understand an individual’s disease progression, but it should not be used as a standard to determine life expectancy.
What Does the BODE Index Stand For?
B – Body mass
O – Airflow Obstruction
D – Dyspnea
E – Exercise Capacity
Body Mass (BMI)
People with emphysema need their body mass index evaluated to determine a healthy weight level. This is weight adjusted for height.
Refers to the expiratory volume test (FEV1).
Dyspnea, meaning difficult or labored breathing, is assessed through a detailed questionnaire. On average, those who have more difficulty breathing, also have a lower life expectancy.
Often determined by a test referred to as the 6-minute walk. This test measures an individual’s capability of exercising and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
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