Debunking 5 Major Lung Transplant Myths

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Myth 2: You’re too old to have a transplant.

Although lung transplantation is considered a high-risk procedure, especially at an older age, most programs worldwide accept patients up to 65 years old. However, by the age of 70 the risk of transplant increases high enough that the option is too risky. That line of thought is often debated and changed depending on the overall health of the individual patient. Chambers expects in the near future, that lung transplants will be a viable option for otherwise healthy candidates — regardless of age.

Did you know COPD is the third highest cause of death around the world, while millions of people may not even realize they have the disease? Learn more facts here. 

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  1. Olga says:

    I love your site very informative. Im a semi-retired nurse. Had Stage 4 Lung CA w/metastasis to R.Adrenal in 2002.Then diagnosed with Emphysema. Yes I was a smoker 20 yrs ago.Thank God for the scientists that developed Anoro Ellipta, life saving. Yes it’s a LAMA.I read article in Lama vs Laba. It’s difficult to treat pts that have Emphysema and bronchiectasis 2 different monsters.But it’s not impossible.Thank goodness that pulmonary REHAB is mentioned. It is a Life Line for COPD. Exercise for the rest of the pts life,w/o it exacerbations,hospital ICU and severe loss of lung function. Also there is still a lack of pt. Teaching. Most pts do not breath correctly. Diaphram breathing, Diet,protein,fruits, veggies, using inhalers incorrectly.Dirty equipment. This all contributes to hospitalizations.Also the low socioeconomic group. They are really in trouble.We need more Resp.Therapists and Good COPD nurses,and more Resp.Therapy that are dedicated to pt. TEACHING in the home. This would save alot of money to the gov.less hospitalizations.its a win for everyone.

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