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My father was recently diagnosed with the early stages of emphysema, if he quit smoking would it progress?
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Dr. Jason Beasley
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Possibly
Quitting smoking can definitely slow down the progression of emphysema.
If your father continues to smoke, his emphysema will definitely worsen.

In brief: Possibly
Quitting smoking can definitely slow down the progression of emphysema.
If your father continues to smoke, his emphysema will definitely worsen.
Dr. Jason Beasley
Dr. Jason Beasley
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
In brief: Just quit
If your father quits smoking, the emphysema won't get worse.
But, i can't guarantee that his lung function won't continue to decline. Still, quitting is the only way your father can prevent further lung damage. And with lung damage, once it's gone, it's gone.

In brief: Just quit
If your father quits smoking, the emphysema won't get worse.
But, i can't guarantee that his lung function won't continue to decline. Still, quitting is the only way your father can prevent further lung damage. And with lung damage, once it's gone, it's gone.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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