Lung transplantation is the only long-term treatment for many lung diseases.
The primary diseases requiring lung transplantation are Emphysema (COPD), Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and Cystic Fibrosis.
Source: Canadian Blood Services organ donation and transplant report called System Progress report – 2006 to 2015.
Alberta, despite its close to the lowest per capita registered organ donor rate, has Canada’s highest per capita lung transplant rate due to the world class transplant program at the University of Alberta Hospital.
Lung transplants have grown steadily to the point where the U of A now does about 65 double lung transplants per year. Recent increases can be tied to EVLP, first used in 2013.