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Interstitial Lung Disease Prognosis: What to Do Next?

13 Sep 2016
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Interstitial Lung Disease Prognosis: What to Do Next?

So you’ve been diagnosed with ILD. Here’s what you can do about it.

An interstitial lung disease prognosis can be one of the most sobering moments of one’s life. Not only is interstitial lung disease (ILD) an incurable and chronic lung condition, but the realities of its symptoms can make life incredibly challenging. For many that have noticed small changes in their energy or breathing, gone to their doctor, and were informed that they’ve developed ILD, some of the biggest questions can be “What’s next?” and “What are my treatment options?”

With your health in mind, the Lung Institute is here to provide the next steps after diagnosis, and give you a clear answer to Interstitial Lung Disease Prognosis: What to Do Next?

What Is Interstitial Lung Disease?

Interstitial lung disease or ILD is a progressive lung disorder that covers more than 150 biological processes that can ultimately lead to scarring within the lungs and respiratory failure. This process of scarring is called pulmonary fibrosis. This disease can develop through smoking, exposure to hazardous materials or complications from other illnesses, but all types of ILD can lead to fibrosis and a reduced capacity to oxygenate the blood.

What Can I Expect with an Interstitial Lung Disease Prognosis?

Although symptoms of interstitial lung disease vary based on the individual, the person’s condition and other related conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, here are a few common symptoms shared within all forms of ILD:

  • Fatigue
  • Cyanosis
  • Weight loss
  • Acute pneumonia
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weight loss
  • Abnormal enlargement of the fingernail base
  • Dry, persistent cough
  • High blood pressure (in some cases)
  • Heart failure (in some cases)

Interstitial Lung Disease Prognosis: What to Do Next?

So What Can I Do About It?

Although interstitial lung disease has no cure, it is possible to address the symptoms of the disease through a variety of lifestyle changes and natural therapies including:

  • Diet– Diet is critical to addressing the symptoms of lung disease. Not only can a proper diet give your body the crucial vitamins and nutrients it needs to be healthy and effective, but it can also alter the way your body uses oxygen. For more information on the healthiest foods to consume for lung disease, check out our post on COPD-Friendly Foods You’ll Enjoy.

Moving Forward…

Although an interstitial lung disease prognosis can seem insurmountable, the first step to living a longer life is finding a treatment that addresses the disease head-on. Changing one’s diet and gaining consistent exercise are among the best lifestyle changes one can do aside from quitting smoking. However, if you’re looking to address interstitial lung disease progression directly, it may be time to consider cellular therapy. Rather than only addressing the symptoms of lung disease, cellular therapy directly affects disease progression and can improve quality of life and pulmonary function. For people with lung disease, a change in quality of life could mean the difference between struggling to walk to the mailbox and riding a bike.

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like ILD, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute may be able to help with a variety of adult cellular therapy options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 to see if you qualify for cellular therapy, and find out what cellular therapy could mean for you.

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  1. Lung Institute

    8 months ago


    Thank you for your message. We do not have any clinics in Durban. All of our clinics are in the United States.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular therapy for lung diesases. Our dedicated medical team has a wealth of knowledge about cellular therapy, treatment options, candidacy and more. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with someone from our medical team over our secure phone line. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind regards,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Rooksana

    8 months ago

    HI I would like to find out about cell therapy for interstitial lung disease.How much does it cost and where in Durban can I get it.
    Many thanks

  3. Lung Institute

    9 months ago


    Thank you for your comment. It is very important to get all of your questions answered. I would recommend writing down a list of any questions that you have, including this one, before going to the Mayo Clinic. Make sure you get everything answered while you are there.

    Symptoms will show up differently for different people since everyone is unique. Your physician will be your best source of information.

    -Lung Institute

  4. Karen Steidley

    9 months ago

    I was recently diagnosed with ILD associated with my seronegitive RA. I feel fine, but ive had a terrible cough since January. I’m wondering if this diagnosis is correct since i feel ok. I am going to Mayo clinic in three weeks,. Could this be accuarate even though i am not having shortness of breath?

  5. Phoebe

    11 months ago

    Hi Kristi,

    We recommend continuing to see your doctors regularly even if you’re feeling well. Your doctors will keep a close eye on your ILD progression and your symptoms. Follow the treatment plan you and your doctors have developed, take your medications exactly as prescribed by your doctors, and remember to call your doctor immediately if you notice a change in your symptoms. It’s good that you have quit smoking and that you are eating a healthier diet. Some people have seen improvements in their quality of life after having cellular treatment. We’re happy to answer your questions about cellular treatment for ILD, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with our medical team. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  6. Kristi Sanders

    11 months ago

    I am a 54 year old female just diagnosed with rb-ild 3 months ago. I have stopped smoking and changed my diet. Anything else I can do? I feel like my pulmonary Dr’s should go by Larry curly and moe. I feel hopeless.

  7. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear Dora,

    Thanks for your comment. It’s important to see your doctor regularly to discuss how you’re doing and how your treatment plan is working. We’re happy to answer any questions you have regarding cellular treatment options, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Dora Guzman

    2 years ago

    I have pulmonary arterial hypertension with scarring can you help me. At this point I feel there’s no hope for me. I’ve never smoked a day in my life. On oxygen 24/7, 67 years old, retired from the US Postal Service ready to live my life and now my life if over. Is it?

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