Don’t Delay

There are some things in life that you just don’t delay. When your car breaks down, you take it in for service as soon as you can. When you start working, you start saving for retirement as early as possible, even though the golden years feel like they’re far down the road. Adding to this list of things you shouldn’t delay, is speaking to your doctor if you have any of the symptoms of PF. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, processes have been put into place to safely diagnosis and treat those with PF.

A recent survey conducted by CPFF shows that it takes an average of two years from the onset of symptoms for a patient to be diagnosed, but by the time symptoms appear, damage to the lungs has already begun. What does this mean for Canadians living with PF? It means that taking action early is important, because the appropriate treatment can help reduce the scarring in the lungs, which may help slow the disease down. If you’re living with PF, don’t delay the conversation any longer.

When it comes to managing your pulmonary fibrosis (PF), taking early action is crucial. This new awareness campaign, developed in collaboration with Hoffmann-La Roche Limited, encourages individuals to connect with their health care provider to discuss their care options.

It is possible that through the right treatment, which may help to reduce the scarring in your lungs, you may be able to live a more active lifestyle with PF. By taking early action, it could be possible to slow down progression of the disease and preserve lung function. Speak with your doctor to understand the treatment options that are available to you.

If you, or someone you know has been diagnosed with PF, there are helpful resources available on this website. Be sure to check out this video about getting the conversation started with your doctor and for tips to ensure you “Don’t Delay” the management of your IPF.