Is Black Lung Treatable? 

There is no cure for black lung disease, so treatment usually focuses on relieving symptoms and improving quality of life.

Black lung, or coal worker’s pneumoconiosis (CWP), is an occupational lung disease that most commonly affects miners who have inhaled dust from coal over an extended period of time.

A black lung treatment regimen will vary based on whether a person has a simple or complicated form of CWP and what specific symptoms are being experienced.

Generally speaking, medications and supplemental oxygen may be used to improve breathing and control co-existing symptoms from related conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Lung transplantation may be recommended for patients with very severe cases of black lung.