Thomas C. Corbridge, M.D.: November 19, 2019


This COPD Awareness Month, a Pulmonologist and Patient Encourage COPD Patients to Speak up and Take Control of Their Symptoms

Thomas C. Corbridge, M.D.

Medical Expert for GSK and Pulmonologist in Chicago, Illinois

Candyce Norris, COPD Patient

Living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, affects nearly every aspect of daily life. Yet, nearly half of the 27 million living with the condition wait years before receiving a proper diagnosis and managing symptoms.

The symptoms – feelings of breathlessness or shortness of breath – can worsen over time and potentially lead to hospitalization and even death. In fact, COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a major cause of disability.

There is a tremendous need to prioritize care for those with COPD and treat this disease consistent with other illnesses. Nine out of 10 people with COPD admit they are not completely open with their doctor when discussing their symptoms. Even more concerning, one in four patients hospitalized for a COPD flare up die within a year. While many people with COPD accept breathlessness and difficulties completing daily activities as part of normal aging, these can be a sign of COPD disease progression and should be discussed with a physician. So, what should people living with COPD do? There is a need to speak openly about the impact that COPD symptoms have on day-to-day life.

In recognition of COPD Awareness Month on Friday, November 8, pulmonologist and COPD expert with GSK, Dr. Tom Corbridge, and Candyce Norris, who is living with COPD, will help educate your viewers on the importance of having an open conversation with a healthcare provider about COPD symptoms and how expecting more of a management plan can help potentially improve long-term care.

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About Dr. Tom Corbridge

Thomas C. Corbridge, M.D., is a medical expert for GSK and pulmonologist in Chicago, Illinois, affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is also an adjunct professor of pulmonary and critical care at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and has been in practice for almost 30 years.

About Candyce Norris, COPD Patient

Candyce Norris is a 64-year-old wife and mother. She was diagnosed with COPD in 1996. Both of her parents died from COPD and her sister is also currently diagnosed with COPD.

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