As of today, there is no cure for COPD, but until a cure is found, we offer a number of treatments that can help people with COPD improve their quality and length of life. The treatments vary depending on how far the disease has progressed and how debilitating the symptoms are. Many of the treatments are aimed at helping alleviate the symptoms, making the patient more comfortable, and improving their quality of life.
Types of treatments can be broken up into the following categories:
Goals of Treatment
The goals of COPD treatment include:
- Relieving your symptoms
- Slowing the progression of the disease
- Improving your tolerance for exercise and physical activity
- Preventing and treating complications
- Improving your overall health
An Expert Team Working for You
Studies have shown that COPD is best treated by experts who are knowledgeable about COPD and experienced in its management. At Northwestern Memorial Hospital, our pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons are experts at treating lung disease, and they are dedicated to detecting disease early, while it’s more treatable.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital Asthma-COPD Program
We offer a multidisciplinary Asthma-COPD Program for patients with lung disease such as COPD and asthma. The program includes:
- Same day visits with allergists and pulmonologists
- Integrated care with thoracic surgeons for high risk surgery patients with COPD
- Screening for chronic sinus disease (often co-existent with obstructive lung disease) and assessments by otolaryngology (ENT) physicians
- Advanced diagnostics
- state-of-the-art lung imaging
- Integration with Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- This program is housed at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago where we provide full medical direction
If you have or think you may have COPD, we urge you to seek treatment as soon as possible. If you don’t have a physician, and you’d like to make an appointment with someone who understands COPD and how to successfully manage it, you may do so by calling our Physician Referral Department at 1-877-926-4664. You may also request a first time appointment online.
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