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Treatment for Emphysema

Doctors can help persons with emphysema live more comfortably with their disease. The goal of treatment is to provide relief of symptoms and prevent progression of the disease with a minimum of side effects. The most essential step in any treatment plan for smokers with emphysema is to stop smoking immediately; it's the only way to stop the damage to your lungs from becoming progressively worse over time. But quitting smoking is rarely easy, and people often need the help of a comprehensive smoking cessation plan, which may include:

Other emphysema treatments, which focus on relieving symptoms and preventing emphysema complications, include: