Is stem cell treatment an option for COPD?

Posted by outback53 @outback53, Dec 26, 2016

Is stem cell treatment (from bone marrow) a viable option for end stage COPD.

Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the COPD: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease group.

I have COPD. I'm hoping I'll be included in stem cell studies at Mayo in 2020.
I've been trying to get in their groups for years. I think I can answer your question: you are talking about regenerative medicine clinics that solicit COPD patients. They often use stem cells from our body. I don't think their techniques are effective. to begin with, the use of stem cells for COPD is in its infancy. So far, the results are not impressive (under best of conditions). Secondly, hospitals at the level of Mayo have learned how to grow lung stem-cells in a lab. They can produce millions of lung stem cells and inject them into a patient. Compare that with the relatively small amount used by the clinics you referred to. There is also an issue with the quality of the cells. As I understand it, you need the specific organ stem cell e.g. lung stem cells. I don't know how many lung stem cells you could mine from fatty tissue or bone marrow.
If I get in, I don't have the optimism to believe the procedure will substantially help me. I will be satisfied if my participation was a useful link in an eventual therapy that is effective.

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@robinson

P, This past February I had treatment with stem cells from a stem cell bank in Baltimore, MD. the cost was just under $9,000. I don't know if my condition has improved or not as I have no reference to what my condition would have been had I not had this therapy. I go to my pulmonologist later this month and have some testing done to see how much my condition has changed in the past 6 months or so. I doubt this will help you much but I did want to chime in and let you know that you are not alone fighting this condition.
If you want to stay in touch we can do that in format.
Earle

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My wife has stage 4 copd was yours that bad and have you heard of anyone else that stem cell may of helped. Thanks Ron

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@eva3891

My wife has stage 4 copd was yours that bad and have you heard of anyone else that stem cell may of helped. Thanks Ron

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Thank you

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@oldman1946

I have stage 3 COPD and have heard Stem Cell treatments work for this. Has anyone tried this and what were the results. The Lung institute said they have 86% improvement rate with treatment, but it costs $12,000 for the treatment

P

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To All in this discussion group regarding stem cell treatment for COPD. Here is an article from Mayo's website on this topic. If you look at the entire article, you can get more information about clinical trials.
https://www.mayo.edu/research/clinical-trials/cls-20467297

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Hello. Are there any results yet from stem cell treatment trials for COPD? Is it showing anything prosperous?
How long do you think it will take to phase 3 trial? 10 years? 15? 20? 50?
Thank you so much. So many people need hope. Thank you.
Tina

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@tinagf

Hello. Are there any results yet from stem cell treatment trials for COPD? Is it showing anything prosperous?
How long do you think it will take to phase 3 trial? 10 years? 15? 20? 50?
Thank you so much. So many people need hope. Thank you.
Tina

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Hi Tina, Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect and the COPD group. Stem cell therapy is still in the trial phase for COPD.

To help people learn more about the proven therapies and the promise of developing therapies, Mayo Clinic offers a free telephone consult service. When you call the consult service, they will tell you about the availability of approved stem cell therapy at Mayo Clinic and elsewhere, and for what conditions. They can also tell you about research studies that are actively recruiting participants. Furthermore, you can add your name to a database to be notified when additional studies and information become available. You can learn more about the Consult Service here http://www.mayo.edu/research/centers-programs/center-regenerative-medicine/patient-care/clinical-services/regenerative-medicine-consult-service.
Or call 1-844-276-2003 to speak with one of our experts.

Be careful when reading online that some clinics offer cures for COPD using stem cells.

Do you have COPD?

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For now they think it is asthma because of + bronho test, but they say a little bit of it is also COPD because asthma was untreated..

Should I read from this spirometry my FEV1 is 95%? If this is so, do I have 20 years of life still? I don't get it, I don't cough or get tired. I hope I have 20 years of life and that in these 20 years Mayo clinic will invent something so I can still jump on that train.

I am 44 years old and have daughters of 7 and 9.

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@tinagf

For now they think it is asthma because of + bronho test, but they say a little bit of it is also COPD because asthma was untreated..

Should I read from this spirometry my FEV1 is 95%? If this is so, do I have 20 years of life still? I don't get it, I don't cough or get tired. I hope I have 20 years of life and that in these 20 years Mayo clinic will invent something so I can still jump on that train.

I am 44 years old and have daughters of 7 and 9.

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I was diagnosed with COPD in 2003, I am now 84 still kicking. I do get short of breath easily but like I said I'm 84 so this is expected I guess. I think you will long enough for your daughters to enjoy your company.

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@ray420

I was diagnosed with COPD in 2003, I am now 84 still kicking. I do get short of breath easily but like I said I'm 84 so this is expected I guess. I think you will long enough for your daughters to enjoy your company.

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In what stage were you diagnosed?
I still don't feel like dying in my 64 years. So i really hope some treatment with stem cells or AT2 cells will be available in next 20 years 🙁

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I don't remember what stage they said I was in, however it was 10-12 years before I started noticing any lung problems, I don't normally talk about my bad habits, but I smoke weed for 50 years along with cigarettes, but I quit cigarettes the same year I was diagnosed with COPD still smoked weed for another 4-5 years I don't look to dying any time soon. Hopefully they will improve on the stem cell therapy soon.

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So, 2003 you were diagnosed (you were cca 64 years old and no simptoms yet) and when you were cca 74, you started feeling syptoms?

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Yes around 74 I was in construction and did a lot of heavy lifting and did really notice anything until I started going up hills and it has gotten steadily worse since then but I think I still have a few more years. I just do things slower

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