COPD Improves with Stem Cell Therapy

COPD Improves with Stem Cell Therapy

Four Lung Institute facilities in Tampa, Scottsdale, Nashville and Pittsburg, treat restrictive and obstructive lung diseases using stem cells from the patient’s own body.

Gary V., a patient, has seen his quality of life improve since he receive stem cell therapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

For Gary, “improvement” is more healthy, happier days.

“I don’t get sick as much anymore,” he said in Lung Institute press release. “I don’t have inflammation. It’s been working. It’s been very good.”

COPD is a progressive form of lung disease ranging from mild to severe and characterized by a restriction of airflow into and out of the lungs that makes breathing difficult. Two main forms of COPD are chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

There is currently no cure for COPD, but treatment options such as stem cell therapy can prevent more damage and improve the patient’s quality of life.

A pilot report of the Lung Institute called Autologous Stem Cell Therapy and its Effects on COPD, indicates that 82% of patients with the disease had improvements in their quality of life after stem cell therapy. The level of improvement varies from patient to patient.

“In the practice of medicine, we use standardized treatments on unique individuals, and as a result, responses to treatments do vary,” said Dr. Jack Coleman, medical director of the Lung Institute clinic in Nashville. “When the responses of a large population of patients are presented as a graph, we see the bell-shaped curve where one extreme represents those patients with a very-good-to-excellent response to treatment, and the other extreme represents those with little or no response to treatment. The majority of patients are somewhere in the middle.”

Stem cell therapy is a strategy that introduces new adult stem cells into damaged tissue in order to treat disease or injury. The treatments have the potential to change the face of human disease and alleviate suffering. While stem cell therapy can help with COPD symptoms, it is not a definite cure for chronic lung disease.

“There are times when you still get a flare-up, where you have to take a break,” Gary noted. “It’s not a miracle cure. It’s not something that you are going to take, and the next day you’re cured.”

Still, for many patients, stem cell therapy is the best currently available treatment option.

Many patients of COPD have trouble walking short distances and are especially susceptible to illness and pneumonia. Often, patients need oxygen support 24 hours per day and daily medications. In sever cases, a more drastic measure is required – lung transplant.  With lung transplant, the first-year survival rate is 78%; three-year survival is 63%;  five years is 51%.

While some patients’ reviews indicate improvements in lung function and capability to live a normal life, not all results are home runs.

“As practitioners, we constantly strive to shift the bell curve in the direction of the excellent responders and reduce the poor or non-responders,” Dr. Coleman noted. “We do this through constant surveillance of the latest research and literature reports, and modify our protocols based on this information. We also examine those who do not respond well to determine factors that may allow us to offer more effective treatments to those individuals in the future. In doing so, we have improved our response rate from just over 70% 16 months ago to 85% now . . . Improvement is a constant process in medicine.”


  1. Virginia Churchill says:

    i have heard that after age 60 we do not make hardly any stem cells? that is why it best to use umbilical cord for stem cell therapy. I am 74 and can I produce the stem cells for the procedure?

    • Ellie Young says:

      Virginia, I know that in Japan, arthritic knees could be treated by stem cell transplant. And the stem cells are from the patient’s saliva and then program the cells into stem cells. My father is very old, and we are trying not to get him stem cells from bone marrow. Hope it helps! All the best.

  2. Bunny Music says:

    This is an interesting article and I hope it gives us all hope in the future. I’ve been on oxygen 24/7 for 16 years already and was very lucky to have had lung volume reduction surgery. Stem cell is the next great step. Hope it works out for us all.

  3. Ronnie Hicks says:

    I have emphysema and would like to know the name of the herbal medication that was used to help with this illness

  4. Rhonda Morley says:

    I would very much love to be a candidate for the stem cell procedure,but I know I couldn’t afford it. I couldn’t afford to travel to the few states that it is done in.

  5. elijah says:

    i am just starting to do the research for my wife who has copd. i have yet to contact any of the centers that perform autologous stem cell therapy… there any posted information as to the costs that someone could share with me. Thanks for your help

  6. Nicole Lin says:

    I have done Stemcell therapy twice in the Lung Institute in Tampa,FL and have seen very big changes! I do not get sick anymore and I can do more now without getting as tired as before. I can shower now easily and I can walk almost anywhere everyday. I have COPD end stage. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a better quality of life. I am happy and I rarely get sad like I used to. I am planning to take one more treatment this year.

    • George Tibbs says:

      Nicole, I am curious about price. I read somewhere the treatments cost between 7 and 10 thousand each, is that accurate?

    • Chris says:

      My Dad is considering is considering stem cell treatment at Lung Institute in Pittsburgh. Please advise as to your thoughts on first procedure, etc. Need all the info I can get

    • Ellie Young says:

      To Nicole, thank you for the hope that you have given to me and my father. My father is suffering COPD for a few years in Canada, and the lung specialist told my father that he has no time left. I will try to find out the lung institute for my father. Hope all lung patients could live a long and healthy life!

  7. Sheila hill says:

    I have beentold i have copd.ive had asthma(allergic) and smoked ciggaretts.I must have hade it for some time, or mabe it was the asthma but i can rembember being out of breath in the past.Im scared now at times i get out of breath at nite or with exertion.i am useing the rescue inhaler a lot.I havent done a cardio_pulm test im afraid.they might tell me some negitive stuff.i really am ok most of the time.ive changed my diet am trying to do better.I think im in the first there any organic help for someone like me??? What is life expectancy? ?? Im a very young 60. Thank you sheila

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