Yes. Unfortunately, we are all slowly losing lung function over time (see diagram) so even if a person with emphysema quits their disease will still progress - however, the rate of decline is vastly different between patients with emphasema that quit smoking and those that continue to smoke (it is never too late to quit!).
Yes. COPD is a progressive disease.
My father was recently diagnosed with the early stages of emphysema, if he quit smoking would it progress?
I have COPD and early Emphysema, I just quit smoking and was wondering will my breathing get better over time?
It won't get worse. Good job! You should be proud as you have accomplished a great step! With the right therapies it will not get worse. When you quit smoking you preserve the lungs that are still viable and working. you need to be on inhalers and measure your oxygen level on exertion. . Read more...
Quit smoking dec. 2012. Had a few cigs in between. Total pack years is 23. What are my risks of lung cancer in my 40's? 50's? 60's? Currently have wheezing, 3yrs ago pulm. Told me have early emphysema.
Congratulations! Smoking cessation is the best decision you have made for your long term good health. Most effects of smoking reverse after stopping it. You will still have some slightly higher risk for lung cancer but i would not worry about it as >95% of folks in your situattion will not face this problem in your older years provided you never go back to smoking again. Read more...
My mother recently found it she has emphysema, and she has been smoking cigarettes for 40 years. She is trying to quit smoking, so she is now smoking e-cigarettes. Are these any safer than a regular cigarette? Can they cause fungal infections in the lungs
E cigarettes. E cigarettes are not really more safe than regular cigarettes, they just don't have all the same particulates in their smoke. Read more...