An Introduction to New Treatments for COPD and Other Lung Diseases
The Function of Stem Cells in the Body
Stem 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. Adult stem 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.
How Do Stem Cell Treatments Help People with COPD and Other Lung Diseases?
Adult stem cells can be transferred into any single organ in the body since stem cells have the capacity to develop into many possible differentiated cells. Since they are capable of self-renewing indefinitely, they will divide many times and will specialize to promote the healing of organs while still sustaining the original undifferentiated cell.
Several Treatments for COPD and Other Lung Diseases
While there are many options for the type of stem cell used in the world, the Lung Institute only treats with adult autologous stem cells. This means the stem cells are directly coming 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 offers two treatments for COPD and other lung diseases: bone marrow stem cell treatment and venous (blood-derived) stem cell therapy. The type of treatment depends on the patient and their medical needs. The venous procedure can be performed on its own. During these lung disease treatments, the stem cells go through a specific process in order to be ready to help people breathe better.
How Lung Institute Treats COPD and Other Lung Diseases
The stem 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 either intravenously or through the use of a nebulizer. 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.