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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

COPD

03/27/2008

Question:

Is COPD a type of cancer?

Answer:

Hello. No, COPD is not a type of cancer. The GOLD report produced by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the World Health Organization (WHO) — defines COPD as a preventable and treatable disease. The pulmonary component is characterized by airflow limitation that is not fully reversible. The airflow limitation is usually progressive and associated with an abnormal inflammatory response of the lungs to noxious particles or gases."

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Response by:

Gretchen   Whitby, APRN Gretchen Whitby, APRN
Nurse Practitioner of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University

Phillip T Diaz, MD Phillip T Diaz, MD
Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University