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Can I be cured of COPD

After I have left smoking in 1959 ther has bee perceptible improvement.

I am on inhalers since last 10 years.

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Good to hear there has been perceptible improvement.

I do not have COPD, but I have read that it can't be cured, unfortunately. The good thing is that the progression can be slowed.

I am sure more people will reply soon. They will know more than me about what treatments are available to help.



Hello, My husband has severe COPD and has been quite ill from time to time. The fact is COPD is not curable BUT that does mean you cannot have a good quality of life. Our doctor told us that once my husband had stopped smoking it would seriously slow down this progression of COPD. AND it has.

I would advise you to ring the BLF helpline and they could advise re: your inhalers and could perhaps give you advise on what to ask the Doctor.

The clue I have found with COPD is to try to stay as fit and as possible. Good Luck and hope you are enjoying life. TAD xx


Hi my understanding is that COPD is a progressive in curable disease.

However you have given up smoking, many years ago, if you manage your condition I see no reason why you shouldn't be pretty close.

Suggest you get all your symptoms and test results together and ring BLF on 03000 030 555 and they will be able to give you the full S P.

If or don is on he can give you info jut as good I'd say.

Good luck,



Sorry but unfortunately no, it's progressive disease


As is being said in other responses, no, it's not curable. The first word Chronic in COPD is defined as applying to an incurable illness. Once diagnosed you are told to give up smoking, if you do, and use the medication they give. That should slow down the progression, along with exercise and looking after yourself in general.

The BLF helpline can talk more about this if you give them a call. Otherwise talk to your GP and/or surgery nurse.


Hi ajitkc1, it can't be cured but it can be managed and stabilized by following some good tips you can learn first hand on a pulmonary rehabilitation course, if you find you are becoming more unfit ask your GP for a referral to the PR course. Lots of self help managing tips to be learnt from the course, you will be surprised what a difference it can make.

Some brief tips are:

- Use your medication as prescribed (if for any reason it is not working as well as it once did check back with your doctor)

- Get you annual flu shots each year and wherever you can avoid contact with people who may have a cold or any kind of virua.

-Eat healthily and exercise daily (even if its just a short walk)

- Smoking is not friendly to the lungs and can speed up the deterioration in health quite rapidly when the lungs are already damaged. Avoid passive smoking also and bonfires etc.

Lots of advice from BLF pages (the page link below includes the helpline number to ring at the bottom of that page):

Good wishes BC


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- Get your annual flu shot each year and wherever you can avoid contact with people who may have a cold or any kind of virus.



Hi There

As others have said here COPD is not curable but the symptoms can be treatable. The best thing you could have done was to stop smoking - that slows down or even halts the progression of COPD.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation (exercise classes) has been shown in trials to be one of the best treatments for COPD - have a chat with your GP.

Having the flu and pneumonia vaccines are also really important.

Eating a healthy balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables - these help your overall health and immune system.

If you would like to give us a call we can go through managing COPD - 03000 030 555.

I know it is easy for me to say but try not to despair - many people live well with COPD with the right support and treatment.

We also have a very good information pack on COPD we can send you.




Hi i got diagnosed with copd 11yrs ago, gave up smoking straight away as told if I carried on smoking smoking i would not be here in 10 yrs time. I joined the gym used my inhalers correctly, had my flu jab every year. My copd is now mild not causing me any problems, it's my other lung issues that's my problem.


hi debbie and wow you seem to have done well with this nasty COPD.. may i ask you say you were diagnosed 10 years ago with mild but what stage are you now

keep up the good work not smoking and exerciseing

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Hi Music it seems it no worse from when I got diagnosed, I'm seeing surgeon tomorrow for date to have vats biopsy, so fingers crossed they find out why I have gone from going the gym 5 times a week too not being able

to get up the stairs with out being breathless. Debbie


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