An Introduction to the Function of Stem Cells in Everyday Life
Stem cells are the building blocks of life; they are the foundational part of every living organism. They are able to self-renew and replicate—capable of forming any type of tissue or organ in the body. Uniquely, adult stem cells from one organ are able to create tissue for another organ; this is called plasticity.
Why We Use Stem Cells to Treat Lung Disease and Change Lives
Adult stem cells are able to be transferred into any single organ in the body since stem cells have the capacity to develop many diverse types of differentiated cells. Since they have the ability to self-renew indefinitely, they have the capability to divide many times and specialize to promote the healing of organs while still sustaining the original undifferentiated cell.
What are some Lung Disease Stem Cell Treatment Options?
While there are a significantly large number of stem cells in the world, the Lung Institute only works with adult autologous stem cells. This means the stem cells used are coming directly from an adult patient’s own body. This decreases the possibility of rejection and eliminates any possible controversy associated with stem cells.
The Lung Institute performs two lung disease stem cell treatments: bone marrow stem cell option and venous (blood-derived) stem cell option. The type of procedure is dependent on the patient and their medical needs. During these lung disease stem cell treatments, the stem cells go through a specific process in order to be ready for helping people breathe better.
Lung Disease Treatment Options
At this point, the cells are extracted from the patient’s body either through bone marrow or blood. The stem cells are then isolated by a trained professional. Almost immediately, the stem cells are returned to the patient intravenously. Once the cells are returned to the patient, they will 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. The hope is not to cure lung disease, but to improve a patient’s quality of life.