Advanced Lung Disease Program
- Cystic Fibrosis (CF)
- Emphysema (Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease - COPD)
- Lung Cancer
- Primary and Secondary Pulmonary Hypertension
- Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) and other Interstitial Lung Diseases (ILD)
- Pulmonary Thromboembolic Disease
About the Advanced Lung Disease Program
According to the American Lung Association, lung disease is responsible for one in seven deaths in the United States. Almost 342,000 Americans die of lung disease each year.
Progressive, irreversible lung disease - whether from emphysema, pulmonary hypertension, or cystic fibrosis - can be devastating for patients and their families. For these patients, the University of Wisconsin has established the Advanced Lung Disease program.
This comprehensive, multidisciplinary program combines the expertise of pulmonary physicians and thoracic surgeons all in one location. UW has long been a national leader in lung transplantation and in the treatment of asthma, obstructive lung disease, and cystic fibrosis. Our Advanced Lung Disease provides patients throughout the region with the full spectrum of care for advanced lung disease. This includes:
- Second opinions
- Evaluation and diagnosis of a wide variety of advanced lung diseases
- State-of-the-art medical and surgical treatment
- Close follow-up care in collaboration with primary care physicians
- A well-established research enterprise focused on translating new scientific discoveries directly into patient care.
We are committed to offering patients with debilitating lung disease the best possible care and an improved quality of life.
About Lung Disease
The lungs are the two breathing organs in the chest. The left lung has two sections, or lobes; the right lung has three lobes.
When you breathe in (inhale), fresh air goes down your windpipe, and through tubes called bronchi into the right and left lungs. The air then travels through smaller tubes, called bronchioles, into air sacs, called alveoli.
- Inflammation or obstructions to the airways
- Blood clots
- Or genetic disorders
All lung diseases affect how well our body gets the oxygen it needs to survive. Many lung diseases can be treated with medication or surgery, but as these diseases progress, treatment becomes more complex. If lung disease progresses to an irreversible state, you may require a lung transplant.