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Lung Center

Pulmonary Fibrosis Program

Specialists at the Temple Lung Center treat hundreds of patients every year through our Pulmonary Fibrosis Program. With more than 200 known types of interstitial lung disease that may result in pulmonary fibrosis, it requires a team of experts working together to diagnose and treat this complex condition. While there is still no cure for pulmonary fibrosis, Temple offers promising new therapies combined with long-term support to help our patients live longer and breathe better with the best quality of life possible.

Although extensive research has been done, our understanding of pulmonary fibrosis is still evolving. There’s still much to learn about how pulmonary fibrosis develops, what steps we can take to prevent it, and how we can contribute to the discovery of life-saving treatments. Our involvement in groundbreaking clinical trials helps put us at the cusp of new findings and gain the knowledge and technology to bring those treatments to you.

Temple’s Pulmonary Fibrosis Program features:

Temple Lung Center patient, Betsy, with her family at the pool

I knew from the first appointment, Temple was the best place for my care.

Betsy (red shirt), who received a lung transplant for her IPF

Getting the Right Diagnosis

Pulmonary fibrosis is challenging to diagnose, partly because early symptoms can be ignored or mistaken for other more treatable conditions. On average, patients see 3 or more doctors before they receive the correct diagnosis. Yet early and accurate diagnosis is critical to finding the most effective treatment and support for pulmonary fibrosis patients. Since pulmonary fibrosis is an extremely complex condition and largely diagnosed through exclusion, it’s important to work with a team who has extensive experience in identifying the specific type of pulmonary fibrosis you have.

Our Pulmonary Fibrosis team meets monthly so that experts of multiple specialties including rheumatology, pulmonology, pathology, and radiology can discuss and collaborate on the diagnosis and treatment plans of our patients.

Temple’s Pulmonary Fibrosis Program is committed to helping patients with this respiratory disease. Our understanding of the disease along with our experience in helping hundreds of patients helps give you the best opportunity for early treatment that will not only improve your breathing but also may extend your life.

Ready for an Appointment?

If you're experiencing signs or symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis, schedule an appointment or call 800-TEMPLE-MED (800-836-7536) today.

Learn more about our doctors and care team who diagnose and treat pulmonary fibrosis.

Massa Zantah

Page medically reviewed by:
Massa Zantah, MD
August 26, 2022