What is ALS?

In the U.S., someone is diagnosed with ALS every 90 minutes and every 90 minutes someone with ALS dies

ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a rapidly progressive, terminal disease that causes muscle weakness, difficulty speaking and swallowing and, generally, complete paralysis.

There is no known cure for ALS and once diagnosed, people typically live three to five years.

No two cases of ALS are alike. In addition, no two ALS patients are exactly alike. The symptoms and progression of the disease can vary greatly. And because decisions about treatment often affect the entire family, they must be made with their unique needs in mind.

The best course of action is to work with a multidisciplinary team of specialists trained in the treatment and management of ALS who can offer individualized care and support. That’s the approach of the clinical team at the Lois Insolia ALS Clinic at the Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine, or one of the members of our Support Services Team. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with ALS, please contact Director of Support Services and Education, Judy Richman or call 847 679 3311.

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