Understanding PF

Resources for Patients

Meet Zelick, a patient living with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)

After complaining of a persistent cough during a regular check-up, 66-year old Zelick was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in 2016.

Although the diagnosis has been difficult for him and his family, Zelick started on an antifibrotic medication early in his journey and has been able to continue doing the things he loves, such as golfing, gardening and spending time with his loved ones.

Watch his story and hear his advice for fellow IPF patients:


Conversations with your doctor

If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with IPF, you will likely have many questions about disease progression and how to best manage your symptoms.

Appointments with your doctor can be overwhelming, but it is important to be as prepared as possible to make the most out of each visit, receive answers to all of your questions, and discuss the topics that are most important to you.

This discussion guide has been developed as a resource for patients and their caregivers to aid in discussions with your doctor. It can be printed and taken to appointments to help you ask the right questions and have an open conversation with your doctor about your symptoms and treatment options.

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Bringing a family member or a loved one to a medical appointment can help you focus, stay on track and ask the right questions. Think about who should be part of your care team and ensure that they are aware of your goals and can help advocate for you during appointments.