How Are Stem Cells Changing Lung Therapy?

There was a time when the only thing that could be done for someone that had a lung disease was to make them comfortable and hope it cleared up on its own. With diseases of the lungs getting more and more severe it became necessary for the Lung Institute to find an alternative means of treatment that could actually make a difference.

According to PR Web, stem cell therapy has long been a treatment that is used for nearly every ailment and has a great deal of success for those treatments as well. It is important to note that the doctors and dedicated research teams at the Lung Institute are pioneering new treatments that use stem cells to encourage the growth of healthy lung tissue to combat a wide range of lung diseases like COPD, emphysema and more.

What Is Stem Cell Therapy?

As explained by lunginstitute.com, stem cells are cells that have not yet dedicated themselves to one function or another. They are most commonly found in fetuses as they develop in the womb but even though these immature cells eventually are dedicated to one function or other, they are still present in adults after birth. Stem cells in adults can be found in the blood and in bone marrow and the Lung Institute has found a safe and effective way to harvest and reintroduce these cells to the body to encourage healing.

Stem cell therapy often involves harvesting stem cells from the blood or bone marrow then introducing them back into the body so that they can then travel to the areas that need repair. This is the fundamental principle behind lung therapy using stem cells. These cells are harvested and then put back in the body with the intent that they will travel to the lungs and help repair damage that has been caused by disease.

Stem cells are revolutionizing the way that we treat lung diseases and they are working to help make the every day lives of those that suffer from lung disease a bit easier. Though they are not yet evolved enough to completely cure lung disease, stem cells certainly can help make life easier for affected individuals. For more info, visit the Lung Institute’s website.

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