End-stage lung disease is the most severe form of a lung disease. When a specific lung disease progresses to the point that lung function is seriously compromised, the disease is considered "end-stage." Most patients are diagnosed with a specific lung disease long before it progresses to end-stage.
A lung transplant can be an option for some patients with end-stage lung disease. The Lung Transplant Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) offers single and bilateral (double) lung transplantation for appropriate candidates with a variety of end-stage lung diseases, including:
Learn more about lung transplantation.
If you do not have enough oxygen in your blood, you may need supplemental oxygen. Devices are available that deliver pure oxygen to your lungs. Many devices are small, portable and convenient to use.
Read more about the benefits of oxygen therapy.
You can help manage the symptoms of end-stage lung disease by:
The Palliative Care team at the Brigham includes physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, clergy members and a personal case manager to manage pain and other symptoms, as well as promote open communication about care. The Partners HealthCare Bridge to Hospice Program
When you become a patient, our team of experts will develop a personalized, multidisciplinary care plan based on your disease and current research. Your health will be closely monitored and managed to slow the disease progress and alleviate symptoms. You will also have access to patient support groups.
Collaboration between pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, physical therapists, social workers, nutritionists and dedicated nurses provides comprehensive, expert care for patients who have end-stage lung disease. Our multidisciplinary team members are recognized experts and have created one of the most advanced programs in the country for end-stage lung disease.
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