Treating Lung Disease with Stem Cells at The Lung Institute

The Lung Institute was developed for one purpose, to help those who are in need of help and treatment for lung diseases. Lung diseases effect millions of people and they are challenging to live with and in many cases, can be outright debilitating. Lung diseases can be either hereditary or acquired, depending on the type and they can range from mild forms of the disease to severe. Even mild cases can make tasks such as household chores to a trip to the store, prove difficult and exhausting due to the lack of ability to breathe well. The Lung Institute wanted to help people achieve a better quality of life with treatments that were less invasive than most other treatments while still very effective. They have achieved this by devising a treatment that coincides with the body’s ability to naturally heal itself.

The physicians at The Lung Institute, Dr. Jack Coleman, Jr., Dr. Sreedevi Marakatham,

Dr. Brian Goldwasser, and Dr. Michael Perry are the team that work with the stem cell therapy protocol of using autologous stem cells to treat a number of different lung diseases. These types of stem cells are not to be mistaken for the stem cells that have long been under scrutiny in ethical terms for medical treatments, embryonic stem cells. The Lung Institute uses Autologous stem cells which are adult stem cells which have given patients new hope for a better life. To read more, go to

What is a stem cell?

Stem cells are the basis of every organism. They are able to reproduce themselves and formulate themselves to any type of tissue in the body, which makes them one of the most healing proponents of the body. This ability to be farmed from one part of the body, transfer to another part of the body and have them function the same as the new tissue, is called plasticity. This is the primary role of stem cells when used in regenerative medicine.

Stem cells for lung disease

The Lung Institute uses autologous stem cells from the patient’s own body as opposed to a donor. The cells will be extracted from either the blood or bone marrow and separated. Once separated, they are reintroduced back into the patient’s body intravenously where they will begin to initiate the healing process.

Anything that is inserted into the blood by IV, such as medication, blood or the stem cells, travels immediately to the right side of the heart. Within a heartbeat or two, the substance is then pushed straight to the lungs, which in this case, is the stem cells. At this point, the substance would then be dispersed throughout the rest of the body, but stem cells, according to the research of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have been found to stay right there at the lungs. For another patient who may want the stem cells to move on to other parts of the body, this may not be a good thing, however, those who are needing lung repair, this is exactly what they need. The stem cells will begin to repair damage lung tissue and slow down the progression of lung disease.

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