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Can Stem Cell Therapy help patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease)?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease) stem cell treatments and advances in research are giving new hope to people affected by this disease. StemGenex Medical Group provides stem cell therapy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease) to help those with unmet clinical needs achieve optimum health and better quality of life. A clinical study registered through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at www.clinicaltrials.gov/stemgenex has been established to evaluate the quality of life changes in individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease) following stem cell therapy.

Stem cell therapy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease) is being studied for efficacy in improving the complications in patients through the use of their own stem cells. Adult stem cell treatments for COPD or Lung Disease may help patients who don’t respond to typical drug treatment, want to reduce their reliance on medication, or are looking to try stem cell therapy before starting drug treatment.

To learn more about becoming a patient and receiving stem cell therapy through StemGenex Medical Group, please contact one of our Patient Advocates at (800) 609-7795. Below are some frequently asked questions about stem cell therapy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease).

Frequently Asked Questions for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease) Stem Cell Therapy

  • How can stem cells be used to treat patients with COPD?

    StemGenex is currently studying adipose stem cell therapy as a new alternative treatment to help manage the complications of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease). The stem cells extracted from a patient have the potential to replace countless cells of the body, lung tissue included. These stem cells may heal the body by replacing ones plagued with disease, regenerating new cells, and suppressing the immune systems macrophage response which engulf and digest the dying cells of the lungs.

  • Does StemGenex sponsor stem cell clinical studies through the National Institutes of Health (NIH)?

    Upholding the highest levels of ethical conduct, safety and efficacy is our primary focus. Five clinical stem cell studies for Parkinson's Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are registered through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) at www.clinicaltrials.gov/stemgenex. Each clinical study is reviewed and approved by an independent Institutional Review Board (IRB) to ensure proper oversight and protocols are being followed.

  • What are stem cells?

    Stem cells are the basic building blocks of human tissue and have the ability to repair, rebuild, and rejuvenate tissues in the body. When a disease or injury strikes, stem cells respond to specific signals and set about to facilitate the healing process by differentiating into specialized cells required for the body’s repair.

  • What are the different types of stem cells?

    There are four known types of stem cells which include:

    • Adult Stem Cells
    • Embryonic Stem Cells 
    • Fetal Stem Cells 
    • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs)

    StemGenex Medical Group provides autologous adult stem cells (from fat tissue) where the stem cells come from the person receiving treatment.

  • What type of stem cells does StemGenex Medical Group use for stem cell treatment?

    StemGenex Medical Group provides autologous adult adipose-derived stem cells (from fat tissue) where the stem cells come from the person receiving treatment.

  • When do we use the body's stem cells?

    We tap into our body’s stem cell reserve daily to repair and replace damaged or diseased tissue. When the body’s reserve is limited and as it becomes depleted, the regenerative power of our body decreases and we succumb to disease and injury.

  • What are the sources of stem cells from one's own body?

    Three sources of stem cells from a patient’s body are used clinically which include adipose tissue (fat), bone marrow and peripheral blood.

  • What is an adipose stem cell therapy procedure?

    Performed by Board Certified Physicians, dormant stem cells are extracted from the patient’s adipose tissue (fat) through a minimally invasive mini-liposuction procedure with little to no downtime.


    During the liposuction procedure, a small area (typically the abdomen) is numbed with an anesthetic and patients receive mild to moderate sedation. Next, the extracted dormant stem cells are isolated from the fat and activated, and then comfortably infused back into the patient intravenously (IV) and via other directly targeted methods of administration. The out-patient procedure takes approximately four to five hours.

  • How are the stem cells administered back into COPD patients through StemGenex?

    StemGenex Medical Group provides multiple administration methods for COPD patients to best target the disease related conditions and symptoms which include:

    • Intravenously (IV)  – directed into the vein.
    • Stem Cell Nebulization – A process in which the stem cells are broken down into a nebulized state so that they can be inhaled by the patient to directly target the lungs.

  • How long will it take to see results?

    Since each condition and patient are unique, there is no guarantee of what results will be achieved or how quickly they may be observed. According to patient feedback, many patients report results in one to three months, however, it may take as long as six to nine months. Individuals interested in stem cell therapy are urged to consult with their physician before choosing investigational autologous adipose-derived stem cell therapy as a treatment option.

  • Am I a candidate for stem cell therapy at StemGenex Medical Group?

    In order to determine if you are a good candidate for adult stem cell treatment, you will need to complete a medical history form which will be provided by your StemGenex Medical Group Patient Advocate. Once you complete and submit your medical history form, our medical team will review your records and determine if you are a qualified candidate for adult stem cell therapy.

  • How long does it take to schedule an appointment?

    StemGenex Medical Group team members are here to help assist and guide you through the patient process.

    • In order to determine if you are a good candidate for adult stem cell treatment, you will need to complete a medical history form which will be provided by your StemGenex Medical Group Patient Advocate.
    • Once you complete and submit your medical history form, our medical team will review your records and determine if you are a qualified candidate for adult stem cell therapy.
    • Once approved, your Patient Advocate will assist you with scheduling your appointment for stem cell treatment.
    • The process of scheduling an appointment typically takes one to three weeks from the time of the initial contact to the date of your first appointment.
  • Do I have to live in California to receive stem cell therapy through StemGenex Medical Group?

    Patients travel to StemGenex Medical Group located in Del Mar, California located in San Diego County for stem cell treatment from all over the United States, Canada and around the globe. Treatment will consist of one visit lasting a total of three days. The therapy is minimally invasive and there is little to no down time. Majority of patients fly home the day after treatment.

  • What diseases and conditions can be treated with stem cells?

    We provide stem cell therapy for a wide variety of diseases and conditions for which traditional treatment offers less than optimal options. Some conditions include Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

  • Are there any known side-effects to the procedure?

    The side effects of the mini-liposuction procedure are minimal and may include but are not limited to: minor swelling, bruising and redness at the procedure site, minor fever, headache, or nausea. However, these side effects typically last no longer than 24 hours and are experienced mostly by people with sensitivity to mild anesthesia. No long-term negative side effects or risks have been reported.


    The side effects of adipose-derived stem cell therapy are minimal and may include but are not limited to: infection, minor bleeding at the treatment sites and localized pain. However, these side effects typically last no longer than 24 hours. No long-term negative side effects or risks have been reported.

  • Are there any moral or religious issues with regards to adipose stem cell transplant?

    StemGenex Medical Group provides adult stem cell treatment with mesenchymal stem cells which come from the person receiving treatment. Embryonic stem cells are typically associated with ethical and political controversies.

  • Is adult adipose stem cell therapy FDA approved?

    The FDA is currently in the process of defining a regulatory path for cellular therapies. A Scientific Workshop and Public Hearing – Draft Guidances Relating to the Regulation of Human Cells, Tissues or Cellular or Tissue-Based Products was held in September 2016 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. Currently, stem cell treatment is not FDA approved.


    In March 2016, bipartisan legislation, the REGROW Act was introduced to the Senate and House of Representatives to develop and advance stem cell therapies.

  • Is stem cell therapy covered by insurance?

    Stem cell treatment is not covered by health insurance at this time. The cost for standard preoperative labs are included. Additional specific labs may be requested at the patient’s expense.

  • What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease)?

    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease) describes a group of lung conditions (diseases) that make it difficult to empty the air out of the lungs. This difficulty can lead to shortness of breath (also called breathlessness) or the feeling of being tired. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease) can be used to describe a person with chronic bronchitis, emphysema or a combination of these.

  • What causes Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease)?

    The most common cause of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease) is cigarette smoking, but there are many other causes. Inhaling smoke or air pollutants can cause the mucus glands that line the bronchial tubes (bronchi) to produce more mucus than normal, and can cause the walls of the bronchi to thicken and swell (inflame). This increase in mucus causes you to cough, frequently resulting in raising mucus (or phlegm). Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease) may develop if small amounts of these irritants are inhaled over a long period of time or if large amounts are inhaled over a short period of time.


    Environmental factors and genetics may also cause Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease). For example, heavy exposure to certain dusts at work, chemicals and indoor or outdoor air pollution may contribute to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease). The reason why some smokers never develop Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease) and why some non-smokers are diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease) is not fully understood. Family genes or heredity may play a major role in who develops Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease).

  • What are the stages of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease)?

    There are 4 stages of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease) which include:

    • Stage I (Mild)
      May not be aware of symptoms. Underlying problems may go undetected.
      Chronic Cough
      Excess mucus production
    • Stage II (Moderate)
      Increased difficulty breathing
      Chronic cough and mucus production
    • Stage III (Severe)
      Exacerbations (the medical term for sudden, severe symptoms) become more common
      Fatigue(feeling tired or exhausted) or less able to exercise
      Increased difficulty breathing
      Chronic cough and mucus production with wheezing and chest tightness
    • Stage IV (Very Severe)
      Severe breathlessness
      Excacerbations may become life-threatening
      Weight Loss

  • What are common symptoms of people suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease)?

    The diagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease) typically depends upon the presence of one or more of the symptoms of the disease.

    • Persistent Cough
    • Increased mucus or phlegm production
    • Wheezing
    • Chest tightness
    • Fatigue
    • Headache
    • Twitching
    • Swelling
    • Dyspnea; shortness of breath, difficult or labored breathing
    • Tachypnea; rapid breathing rate
    • Need for Oxygen
    • Inability to perform household tasks
    • Inability to climb stairs
    • Inability to walk
    • Trouble caring for yourself
    • Anxiety or Panic

  • American Lung Association and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Statistics regarding Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease)

    The following are facts cited from the American Lung Association (www.lungusa.org) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov).

    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease) is an umbrella term for progressive lung diseases, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, that are characterized by obstruction to airflow that interferes with normal breathing. In 2008, 13.1 million U.S. adults (ages 18 and over) were estimated to have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease). However, close to 24 million U.S. adults have evidence of impaired lung function, indicating an under diagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease).
    • In 2008, an estimated 9.8 million Americans reported a physician diagnosis of chronic bronchitis, the inflammation and eventual scarring of the lining of the bronchial tubes. Chronic bronchitis affects people of all ages, although people age 65 and older have the highest rate at 56.3 per 1,000 population.
    • Females are about twice as likely to be diagnosed with chronic bronchitis as males. In 2008, 3.1 million males had a diagnosis of chronic bronchitis compared with 6.7 million females.
    • Years of exposure to the irritation of cigarette smoke usually precede the development of emphysema, which irreversibly damages the air sacs of the lungs and results in permanent “holes” in the tissues of the lower lungs. Of the estimated 3.7 million Americans diagnosed with emphysema, 94 percent are 45 or older.
    • Historically, men have been more likely than women to receive a diagnosis of emphysema. However, in 2008 more women (more than 2 million) reported a diagnosis of emphysema than men (almost 1.8 million).
    • Smoking is the primary risk factor for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease). Approximately 85 percent to 90 percent of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease) deaths are caused by smoking. Female smokers are nearly 13 times as likely to die from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease) as women who have never smoked. Male smokers are nearly 12 times as likely to die from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease) as men who have never smoked.
    • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease) is the third leading cause of death in America, claiming the lives of 137,693 Americans in 2008. That was the ninth consecutive year in which women exceeded men in the number of deaths attributable to COPD. In 2008, more than 71,000 females died compared to nearly 66,000 males.
    • An American Lung Association survey revealed that half of all Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease) patients (51 percent) say their condition limits their ability to work. It also limits them in normal physical exertion (70 percent), household chores (56 percent), social activities (53 percent), sleeping (50 percent), and family activities (46 percent).
    • In 2010, the cost to the nation for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD or Lung Disease) was estimated to be approximately $49.9 billion, including $29.5 billion in direct health care expenditures, $8.0 billion in indirect morbidity costs, and $12.4 billion in indirect mortality costs.

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