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Patient Resources

You may have questions about your lung condition and how it’s being treated at Temple. Although you can always ask your doctors and nurses any questions you have, other questions may come to mind when you’re not at Temple.

To provide you with answers and information when you need it, the Temple Lung Center offers the following patient resources, including information on lung disease, a list of support groups, and links to additional medical information.

Understanding Lung Disease

The lungs are a crucial part of the respiratory system: the organs and tissues that help you breathe. Lung diseases are some of the most common conditions, making everyday activities difficult for tens of millions of Americans every year.

Learn more about the most common causes and symptoms of lung disease. 

COPD Support Group

Living with a chronic lung disease like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can be challenging, but the right support can improve your quality of life and your outlook on your disease. A support group can also connect you to other people who understand exactly what you’re facing.

Specialists in the Temple Lung Center host a free quarterly support group for COPD patients, friends and family. To register or learn more about this group, contact Susan Estrella-Eades at 215-707-5864 or email

Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group

Pulmonary fibrosis causes lung scarring that often interferes with a person’s ability to breathe. Many with this condition find it helpful to talk to others who understand their challenges and can offer support and advice.

To register or learn more about the Temple Lung Center’s free quarterly pulmonary fibrosis support group, contact Michelle Vega-Olivio at 215-707-5864 or email

Smoking Cessation Support Group

One of the best things you can do to improve your health is to quit smoking. The earlier, the better—15 years after stopping, an ex-smoker’s risk of death almost matches someone who never smoked. 

Being part of a group of people you relate to may help you through the process of quitting and keep you committed to a smoke-free life. Temple offers a free smoking cessation support group that meets weekly and offers the education and support smokers need to quit. 

The smoking cessation support group meets every Tuesday from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm. To register or for more information, contact Kim Dancey-Williams, RN, at or 215-707-5864.

Transplant Support Group

In the period before an organ transplant and for a lifetime after, patients may benefit from sharing their story with others who have taken the same journey.

During meetings of Temple University Hospital’s free transplant support group, patients who have received or are waiting for a new lung, heart, kidney, pancreas or liver can meet to discuss a wide range of topics. Temple’s medical professionals attend these meetings, offering additional guidance and education.

The Transplant Support Group meets several times throughout the year. To register or for more information about this group, contact Natasha Toland at or 215-707-1722.

Sarcoidosis Support Group

Sarcoidosis is a complex disease that can involve multiple organs in the body, and can be difficult for patients who suffer from it as there is no cure. A support group can provide a way for patients and their family members to share experiences, emotions and knowledge. Connecting patients in this way can also lead to advances in research as we strive to better understand this disease.

To register or learn more about the Temple Lung Center’s free sarcoidosis support group, contact Tanya Bronzell-Wynder, CRNP at 267-838-2664 or

Learn More About Organ Donation

In the United States, more than 120,000 people are currently waiting for a life-changing organ transplant; and each year, thousands die waiting for one when no suitable donor can be found. You have the power to change that.  

By registering as an organ donor, one person may save the lives of up to eight people. Anyone can indicate their desire to be a donor, regardless of age or medical history. Becoming an organ, tissue or eye donor is an incredible and noble gift, because you can give someone a second chance at life.

Learn more about organ donation and how to register as a donor at the links below:


Patient Guide

Complex lung conditions like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis and other diseases may leave you and your loved ones with many questions. The Temple Lung Center has created the following disease-specific guide to explain these conditions and their symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

COPD Guide

Additional Resources

Respected professional medical organizations have published a wealth of great information on lung disease. Patients and their caregivers may find the following websites beneficial: 

  • American Lung Association: For more than 110 years, this organization has worked to improve lung health and prevent lung disease through education, advocacy and research. 
  • Wescoe Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis: This non-profit publishes helpful resources for people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and their families. 
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: This government agency offers research and education on the prevention and treatment of heart, lung and blood diseases.
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: This non-profit group is dedicated to educating the public about pulmonary fibrosis and offering education, support and advocacy for those living with the disease.
  • COPD Foundation: For patients and families living with COPD, this organization publishes valuable treatment resources and support programs.