Writing for CysticFibrosisNews.com, author and cystic fibrosis patient Brad Dell confronts some of the myths around lung transplantation as he prepares to undergo the procedure.

Science has made great strides since the early 1990s. Those who are transplanted today likely have better life expectancies than current studies suggest. Most studies examine past results rather than look to the future.

According to a 2016 study, two-thirds of lung recipients are ages 45 to 65 when they get their transplant. Even people who are 70 or older get transplants now. That’s older than most CF patients who get transplants. The study found that age plays a significant role in life expectancy post-transplant, with the odds being in favor of younger patients.