What treatments have been helpful in treating emphysema?
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What is the treatment for emphysema?
The first treatment for patients with emphysema is smoking cessation if they
are currently smoking tobacco. This is a difficult lifestyle change for many
patients, and without support from their doctors, family members, and friends; this most
important treatment will likely fail. The best way to accomplish this difficult
task is outlined in the "quitting smoking" section. In addition,
there is pharmacological and surgical therapy available for emphysema patients
and these therapies will be discussed in the next sections.