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Is photodynamic therapy an alternative to lung surgery for copd?

Is photodynamic therapy an alternative to lung surgery for copd?

No: There is no evidenced base proven benefit for the use of photodynamic therapy to treat copd. ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Friedlander
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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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Is photodynamic therapy an effective treatment for lung cancer?

Is photodynamic therapy an effective treatment for lung cancer?

Photodynamic therapy may play a limited role in lung cancer treatment — generally complementing, rather than replacing, other forms of treatment: Photodynamic therapy may be an option for treating superficial non-small cell lung cancers that haven't spread beyond the lungs and those that are located in areas easily reached with the tools used during the treatment. Photodynamic therapy begins with the injection of a light-sensitive medication into a vein. One to three days later, the doctor shines light of a certain wavelength onto the tumor from inside the body — typically using a thin, lighted tube called a bronchoscope, which is passed through the mouth into the lungs. The light destroys the cells that have absorbed the light-sensitive medication. After photodynamic therapy, your whole body is sensitive to light. Generally you need to avoid any exposure to bright light, including the sun, for up to eight weeks after treatment. Photodynamic therapy isn't effective for cancer that has spread beyond the lung or tumors that can't be reached by the bronchoscope. ...Read more

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Could alternative treatment for cancer work?

Could alternative treatment for cancer work?

Unlikely: It is unlikely that alternative therapies on their own will cure cancer. There is no evidence that any of these therapies can actaully cure cancer. However, i'm a firm believer that alternative therapies can be complimentary and have many beneficial effects. Please talk with your oncologist about therapies you may be pursuing so they will know there are no potential conflicts with other treat. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for bronchitis?

What are treatment options for bronchitis?

Treatment...: Acute bronchitis is usually due to either a bacterial or viral infection. If due to bacteria, antibiotics are used whereas if it is due to a virus, symptom management is employed. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is treated with smoking cessation, bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. Oxygen is prescribed if the oxygen level is low enough to warrant this therapy. ...Read more

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How effective is Albuterol_/_ipratropium (Duoneb) for treating emphysema?

How effective is Albuterol_/_ipratropium (Duoneb) for treating emphysema?

COPD: Studies show that beta agonists like albuterol combined with anticholinergics like ipratoprium work very well to relieve shortness of breath and increase exercise tolerance in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Smoking cessation is very important, please make sure you stop. During an exacerbation of COPD symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are options for emphysema treatment?

What are options for emphysema treatment?

Multiple: First, smoking cessation is critical. There are a variety of medications that are very helpful at relieving shortness of breath and preventing flare-ups. Pulmonary rehab programs are very beneficial. Supplementary oxygen is needed if the blood saturation is less than 90% consistently. A healthy and well balanced diet with vitamin supplementation should be used. ...Read more

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Best treatment for bronchoconstriction?

Best treatment for bronchoconstriction?

See a doctor: There are numerous medicines, some for preventing and controlling symptoms and some for quick temporary relief. See a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How effective is Indacaterol for treating emphysema?

How effective is Indacaterol for treating emphysema?

Similar to: other LABAs such as salmeterol, vilanterol, formoterol. It helps to improve it a little bit but treatment should always be monitored by a lung specialist. I wish we had better treatments. ...Read more

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What treatment options for RA other than drugs?

What treatment options for RA other than drugs?

Go Seek: An integrative rheumatologist city state country name scottsdale az us nisha manek, md miami fl us george munoz, md boston ma us lucille shore- schein, md knoxville tn christy park, md charlottesville va us janet lewis, md. ...Read more

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How effective is lung reduction surgery for treating copd?

How effective is lung reduction surgery for treating copd?

Not for every one: Lung volume reduction surgery is beneficial for a small subgroup of patients with copd. It is not for everyone. Check with your doctor/surgeon. ...Read more

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What's an alternative chinese herb treatment for pulmonary fibrosis?

What's an alternative chinese herb treatment for pulmonary fibrosis?

Sorry: True hamman-rich pulmonary fibrosis is refractory to treatment, and if some chinese herb worked, the research piranhas at the nih would have snapped it up immediately. "chinese herbs" are unregulated, often not what they're supposed to be, and some are deadly poisons that have produced epidemics of liver failure. I'm sorry about your lung disease but don't make it worse. ...Read more

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What alternative treatments exist for orchitis?

What alternative treatments exist for orchitis?

None that I'm aware: Orchitis is either a viral or bacterial infection of the testicle. If bacterial you need antibiotics. If you are sexually active get checked for a sexually transmitted infection. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative medicine for treating acute leukemia?

Is there an alternative medicine for treating acute leukemia?

No: I know you are hoping that the answer would be yes- but, no, there is no proven good alternatve medicine to treat acute leukemia. Acute leukemia is a life threatening disease and would need to be treated as soon as possible. Do not waste your time and delay the treatment. You should see an oncologist and have a detail discussion about get the work-up and treatment as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Is there an alternative therapy for osteosarcoma?

Is there an alternative therapy for osteosarcoma?

No: Osteosarcoma is a form of cancer and convnentional oncological therapy is the best option. There are however centers that focus on an integrative approach. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Are there medicinal treatment option for curing alcoholism?

Are there medicinal treatment option for curing alcoholism?

No: Most mental health professionals would agree that there is no cure for alcoholism. There are several medications on the market to assist with sobriety. Millions of individuals have overcome their illness by maintaining sobriety through twelve step programs like alcoholics anonymous. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for silicosis?

What are treatment options for silicosis?

Not many: This is what we call a pneumoconiosis from silica inhalation at high levels which causes progressive scarring in the lungs. There is no effective treatment once it is established. Some people may benefit from bronchodilator therapy if they have airflow obstruction documented and many people will require oxygen therapy if their oxygen levels are below normal. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Alternative Therapy (Definition)

Certain exercises, called "breech" exercises have a mild degree of success. Acupuncture also has ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make ...Read more