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Deadly Lung Disease Sends Patients on ‘Quest for Breath

one of the first steps in a chain of events leading to IPF.

Bethany B. Moore, Ph.D., Galen B. Toews, M.D., and other Medical School researchers hope their work will help to unravel the mysteries surrounding IPF and will lead to therapeutic drugs to block progressive lung damage or diagnostic tests to make early detection possible.

That kind of discovery won’t help Chris Galvin, though he remains hopeful about the future. His IPF progressed rapidly in the first year but has reached a plateau more recently. He had 60 to 70 percent lung capacity when he was first diagnosed, and a year and a half later was down to 33 percent capacity. He now can’t run or lift heavy items without taking oxygen.

While there is no cure for IPF, he has taken part in treatments, starting with a high dose of steroids last summer. Later, a pill-variety of chemotherapy was added. Along with over-the-counter supplements, those medications seem to be somewhat effective at stemming the progression of scarring, Galvin’s doctors have told him.

In spite of the prognosis, Galvin has found a way to keep a positive attitude with the help of meditation and his decision not to view himself as sick.

“I still work full-time, I still maintain all my friendships and social activities pretty much the same as before,” he says. “I choose to think positively, and it makes all the difference in the world.”


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