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Lung Disease Management

Some descriptionThe term lung disease refers to many disorders affecting the lungs, such as asthma, COPD, infections like influenza, pneumonia and tuberculosis, lung cancer, and many other breathing problems. Some lung diseases can lead to respiratory failure.

Lung disease can cause coughing that produces large amounts of mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms.

Cigarette smoking is a leading cause of COPD and most people who have COPD smoke or used to smoke. Long-term exposure to other lung irritants—such as air pollution, chemical fumes, or dust—also may contribute to COPD.

The Fono offers support to patients who have an ongoing long-term chronic lung disease condition, including support and follow up when you leave the clinic. The Fono team can contact you with reminders when you are due to renew or start new medications and work with you to identify any barriers to heath, explain any terminology, condition or treatment that you do not understand.

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