Working together with your healthcare team

What does a healthcare team do?

Your healthcare team is a group of medical professionals who help monitor your disease, work with you to help manage your symptoms, and provide a recommended IPF management plan.

In addition to your primary doctor, your healthcare team may include a pulmonologist, a respiratory therapist, a nurse, and other IPF specialists. Some people with IPF have a broader team that can include a physical therapist, a nutritionist, a pharmacist, a counselor, and more. Your doctor can help you figure out who the members of your healthcare team should be.

Tips for your next appointment

Your healthcare team will work with you to make an IPF management plan that’s tailored to you. Depending on your condition and goals, they may recommend things like treatments for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), techniques or medicines to help manage IPF symptoms, changes to your diet, and more.

It’s important to talk with your healthcare team about your goals and your concerns—that way, they can help make a plan that’s right for you.

Help finding a pulmonologist

Your doctor may recommend that you see a pulmonologist and may be able to refer you to one. You can also look online for pulmonologists in your area. Below are a couple of online directories that may help. Remember, your insurance may only cover certain pulmonologists, so be sure to check if the pulmonologist you find is covered before making an appointment.

Links to third-party sites are provided for convenience only. Genentech is not responsible for the accuracy of the information contained on a third-party site and does not recommend or endorse the content provided on the site.

Tips for living with IPF

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