Lung Patient Stories

A diagnosis of lung disease can be challenging, but you don't have to go through it alone. The pulmonary care team at Cedars-Sinai supports patients and their families every step of the way, from testing and treatment through rehabilitation and recovery. Read about the journeys patients have taken to better health and better breathing.

Rob Lyon was still in his 20s when he developed symptoms of COPD and learned he had a hereditary disease that could damage the lungs. But with the help of a leading expert on the disorder—Cedars-Sinai pulmonologist Jeremy Falk, MD—he's now living healthier, getting weekly infusions to treat his condition and breathing easier.

When fit and active Orange County resident Don Yuhas developed breathlessness and a cough, he was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a serious condition that causes scarring on the lungs. Find out how his treatment at Cedars-Sinai's Lung Institute—and a double lung transplant—gave him a second shot at life.

After Paul Giordano was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), he was told he'd probably only live a few more years. But with the help of Paul Noble, MD, and new medications developed at Cedars-Sinai, his outlook is brighter—and he's even purchased a new vacation home. "I'm optimistic," he says.

Elaine Taite came to Cedars-Sinai believing the course of treatment for her advanced stage lung cancer was set: She would endure chemotherapy and radiation, but she wasn't optimistic about her health.

Day by day, Carol Albright was losing her breath more and more quickly. Compared to the previous day, she noticed little change, but when she thought back a week or so, the steady worsening was unmistakable.