Lung Transplant or Cellular Therapy: Weighing All the Options

Lung Transplant or Cellular Therapy: Weighing All the Options

Deciding when it’s time for a lung transplant can be challenging. For the millions of Americans suffering from severe chronic lung disease such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), there are few among them that haven’t once considered a lung transplant....
Common COPD Terms: Understanding What They Mean

Common COPD Terms: Understanding What They Mean

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common lung disease that affects around 24 million people in the United States. When you’re diagnosed with COPD, your doctor might use terms that are new. To be able to treat your condition, you need to be able to...
Getting a Lung Transplant for COPD: Is It Right for Me?

Getting a Lung Transplant for COPD: Is It Right for Me?

A lung transplant may not be for everyone, but is it right for you? When considering whether or not to receive a lung transplant, it’s important to know all the facts. For those living with chronic lung disease like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),...
Lung Transplants for COPD: The Facts Behind Invasive Treatments

Lung Transplants for COPD: The Facts Behind Invasive Treatments

Everything you need to know about lung transplants for COPD. Many Americans living with chronic lung disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), can often find themselves looking for relief from their symptoms. For some, traditional treatment...
Lung Transplant Survival Rates

Lung Transplant Survival Rates

Since 2007, national Lung Transplant Survival Rates have remained stable, while short-term survival rates of 30 days and one year have steadily improved. For patients with advanced lung disease, a lung transplant can improve their prognosis. Those who undergo a...
Medical Innovation Past and Present

Medical Innovation Past and Present

Medical Innovation Past and Present Penicillin: Sir Alexander Fleming, a Scottish researcher, is credited with the discovery of penicillin in 1928. He was experimenting with the influenza virus in the laboratory of the Inoculation Department at St. Mary’s Hospital in...
Lung Transplant Facts

Lung Transplant Facts

What is the Life Expectancy and Cost of a Lung Transplant? The effects of lung disease on those that have developed the condition go far beyond difficulty breathing. Although the lungs are among the strongest organs in the body, the detrimental effects of a lung...
What 3-D Printing Could Mean for Lung Disease Sufferers

What 3-D Printing Could Mean for Lung Disease Sufferers

National Donate Life Month Each April, the United States celebrates National Donate Life Month (NDLM). For one month, we think of the thousands of individuals patiently waiting for an organ that will change their life forever. Right now, there are nearly 124,000...
Lung Transplant and COPD: The Connection

Lung Transplant and COPD: The Connection

The Need For A New Pair of Lungs All month long we have been talking about COPD and trying to answer the most often asked questions associated with this disease. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a progressive form of lung disease ranging from mild to...
Cellular Treatment Therapy vs. Lung Transplant

Cellular Treatment Therapy vs. Lung Transplant

Lung transplants are often recommended to individuals in the last stage of their disease. In most situations, a lung transplant is prescribed to a person when it is suspected that they will not survive another year. Typically, good candidates for a lung transplant are...
Lung Transplant Survival Rates

Lung Transplant Survival Rates

What Happens after the Transplant? For people with a very severe form of lung disease there are very few options for treatment. Lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), interstitial lung disease or pulmonary fibrosis, are terminal and have no...
What Happens during a Lung Transplant?

What Happens during a Lung Transplant?

Back in the late 1960s in South Africa, Dr. Christiaan Barnard made headlines across the globe when he successfully transplanted the first human heart into 53-year-old Lewis Washkansky. While over the years heart transplants have continued to be in the limelight, lung...
It’s a Controversial Topic: Can Marijuana Help Lung Disease?

It’s a Controversial Topic: Can Marijuana Help Lung Disease?

Let’s talk about it. The use of medical marijuana is a controversial topic. Now medically legal in 23 states and Washington D.C., the subject of medical marijuana will be a continuing issue with each election cycle. Today, Colorado, Washington, and now Oregon allow...