This specialized clinic provides expert and compassionate care to patients living with ILD

What is ILD?

Interstitial lung disease (ILD)  is a group of diseases characterized by inflammation and scarring of the lung tissue. Once considered a rare condition, ILD now affects over 30,000 Canadians. It has numerous causes, from asbestos exposure to autoimmune disease, or sometimes, no known cause at all.

The only known cure for ILD is a lung transplant, which unfortunately is not a viable treatment option for many. The goal of the clinic is to provide the best quality of life possible for patients.

“Interstitial lung diseases are progressive—they get worse over time. There’s treatment that can slow down the disease, but there really is no cure. Though very sad, I find it gratifying to be able to be a resource for my patients and accompany them throughout the stages of the disease all the way to the end,” says Dr. Deborah Assayag, physician-scientist and ILD expert at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC).

There is an urgent need to improve care and patient support. Your donation can help ensure patients living with ILD receive excellent care and can enjoy their remaining years in comfort.