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What Is the Life Expectancy of a Person With Pulmonary Fibrosis?

What Is the Life Expectancy of a Person With Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Pulmonary fibrosis is a condition that usually becomes more severe over time. As lung scarring and inflammation become more pronounced, they can significantly impact a person’s life expectancy and quality of life.

The extent of this impact, however, can vary from person to person. Some people with pulmonary fibrosis live for many years after their diagnosis and are able to participate in most, if not all, of their normal daily activities. Other people have more severe complications that interfere with their day-to-day function and affect their overall outcome.

Factors that can influence a person’s prognosis include his or her:

  • Age
  • Medical history
  • Personal response to treatment

A person’s lifestyle can also impact his or her prognosis. For instance, people who do not smoke often have a better life expectancy than those who use tobacco products. People who exercise regularly also tend to have a higher quality of life.

Currently, there is no cure for pulmonary fibrosis. However, it may be possible to slow the progression of the disease. Stem cell therapy, for instance, is an alternative treatment option that has the potential to alleviate inflammation.

At the Lung Institute, we offer two types of stem cell therapy for pulmonary fibrosis. Both of these treatments use a patient’s own stem cells to promote the body’s natural healing process. These therapies are offered on an outpatient basis and are not associated with any major side effects. More than 80 percent of our patients report an improved quality of life after receiving stem cell therapy at the Lung Institute.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and would like to learn more about stem cell therapy, contact us at (800) 729-3065. Our caring and experienced team is here for you whenever you are ready.


  1. Lung Institute

    4 weeks ago


    We are sorry to hear about your condition. Life expectancy is based on a number of factors. Most importantly is what stage you have been diagnosed. Our stem cell treatments slow the progression of the disease compared to more traditional treatments that only treat the symptoms.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  2. martha

    4 weeks ago

    what is the life expectancy of a 66 yo male newly diagnosed with fibrosis of lung. with pain in back, sob and dry throat?

  3. Lung Institute

    4 months ago


    Thank you for your question and we are sorry to hear about your diagnosis. We would recommend you see your primary doctor or specialist to review the results. They are more attuned to your specific situation and would understand how it all relates to you.

    We would come in once you have an official diagnosis of a lung disease and are looking to treat the progression of the disease rather than just treating the symptoms as most traditional medications do.

    In the meantime, you can learn more about stem cell treatment options and have your questions answered by one of our patient coordinators. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  4. Phillip

    4 months ago

    I appreciate your articles on pf. I am 36 years old, and was recently diagnosed with stage 4 pulmonary sarcoidosis. according to the biopsy report I also have “fibrosis” tissue in the lungs. does that mean that I also have pulmonary fibrosis that has been caused by the sarcoidosis? is that something that should be treated separately – or is it just a part of the sarcoidosis? also once tissue is termed “fibrosis”, can it revert back and soften back up? the biopsy report used the 2 terms – “non-caseating granulomas”, and “fibrosis”. is that basically the same thing?

  5. Lung Institute

    7 months ago


    Our doctors and medical staff are constantly researching, updating treatments and improving treatment protocols based on research. The Lung Institute aims to deliver the highest quality of care for our patients as well as continually improve our treatments for our patients. We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell therapy, 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.

    For many of our patients, treatment has helped them feel better and breathe more easily. To hear more from our patients, check out our testimonials page. We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell treatment, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with one of our patient coordinators. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


    The Lung Institute

  6. Dottie douglass

    7 months ago

    I had 2 stem cell TRANSPLANTS for AML. IN 2008 and 2011 first my own then a donor. Then oct of 2016 i had a PORTION of my right lung removed lung cancer. I am not a sMoker. As of 2006. I was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. Do you think this would help me.

  7. Lung Institute

    7 months ago


    Thanks for your comment and question. Because COPD and emphysema affect everyone differently and at different rates of progression, it’s challenging to say or know what life expectancy anyone has with it, so it’s important that you see your doctor regularly. As hard as it may be, quitting smoking is a very important part in any COPD and emphysema treatment plan. Like your husband, many people with COPD and emphysema cough up sputum, and it takes them a while to recover after tasks like mowing the lawn. If you are interested, you can check out our free smoking cessation guide by clicking here. The link is at the bottom of the page. We hope this is helpful for you, and we wish you the best.

    Our team has a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment, candidacy and cost. We’re happy to answer your questions. Feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with our dedicated medical team. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind regards,

    The Lung Institute

  8. Julie Mulliss

    7 months ago

    IV been diagnosed with COPD ..I have been given all 3 different types of inhalers but I don’t use them as I should ..I’m scared my body will start to rely on using them ..I keep as active as I can I also sing and do my inhale exhale exercises I’m a smoker and through a lot of stress I’m quite reliant on them as I think k it helps to reduce my stress but I know I’m addicted to the nicotine..IV have tried to give up but I find it extremely hard ..I’m 59 what is my life expectancy as I’m living in denial that this is happening to me ..

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