Understanding Pulmonary Fibrosis

What is Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF), is a disease in which the lungs become scarred (fibrosis). Over time, scarring destroys normal lung tissue. Eventually the lungs will not be able to provide the body with sufficient oxygen and will cause shortness of breath, especially when walking and exercising.

Navigating a new diagnosis

It can be overwhelming to receive a pulmonary fibrosis diagnosis, and until you become involved with the pulmonary fibrosis community or clinic, it can be tough to learn about this disease. Discover why PF is hard to diagnose and explore diagnostic tests, procedures, and other diagnosis resources.

Treatment and Care - Medication
Treatment and Care: Oxygen Therapy
Treatment and Care: Lung transplantation

Treatment & Care

People living with pulmonary fibrosis may start with symptoms like shortness of breath on exertion, and a cough that may come and go. As the disease progresses, the symptoms become more persistent and more limiting. Medical and supportive treatments are important for managing this disease and vital for living.

Living with pulmonary fibrosis

Many people take breathing for granted. Although it may seem effortless for those with healthy lungs breathing for people with a lung disease like PF can be a painful and physically challenging experience. There is good news. Explore ways you can manage your pulmonary fibrosis and live more fully. 

Managing symptoms and living life as fully as possible
Managing symptoms and living life as fully as possible

Your PF Toolkit

PF Stories

Despite challenges, people living with pulmonary fibrosis show amazing determination and courage. Explore patient and family stories and learn more about their individual PF journeys.

Support Groups

Connect with others in your community who are living similar journeys in a caring environment where people help one another through difficult times, celebrate wins, share practical tips, coping strategies, and more.

Educational Webinars

Join us for ongoing educational webinars featuring seasoned pulmonary fibrosis experts, patients, and caregivers. Learn about diagnosis, treatments, disease management, and research breakthroughs.

PF Patient Guide

Learn about pulmonary fibrosis signs, symptoms and causes. Plus, get insights on PF diagnosis, treatment, and disease management.

Featured Video

Although it may seem like an effortless act, for people living with pulmonary fibrosis, breathing can be a painful and challenging experience. Watch five courageous individuals tell their stories and learn more about PF in this Breathless for Change Documentary.


Take action today to help advocate for more equitable access to diagnosis, treatment, and support for the 30,000 Canadians affected by PF.