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Alternative Treatments For Lung Blebs
No proven benefit: The big 3 are surgery, chemotherapy & radiation. Alternative options in trials include photodynamic therapy, cancer vaccines for example. Commonly used alternative treatments such as homeopathy, chinese or indian herbal medicines, mexican meds, shark cartilage, etc do not have any proven benefit. Sometimes, alternative drugs actually interfere with regular meds and can cause problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
Should i be concerned if my husband has stage four non-small cell lung cancer do you know any alternative treatments?
Be concerned: Stage 4 lung cancer has an overall poor prognosis. The therapy associated with any positive effects would be chemotherapy and/or radiation. While a cure can occur, it is a rare event with stage 4. Alternative therapies can be explored, but realize that most don't claim to cure. If you look at the advertizements closely, they will treat but never claim to cure. Standard therapy- 15% overall cure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there a reliable way to see lung blebs without surgery? And if you can see them, can you reliably predict the likelihood that they'll rupture?
Sometimes: If large enough, ct scan can identify blebs and bullae. There is no way to predict spontaneous pneumothorax, "rupture". If someone has blebs and is planning higher risk activities such as mountain climbing, skydiving, scuba diving, etc... Best to discuss with family physician and consider thoracic surgeon consultation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cysts: lung blebs are air-filled cysts at the top or apices of the lungs. symptoms usually are manifested as a spontaneous pneumothorax in a teenager. initially a chest tube is placed to re-expand the lung. once expanded a chest CT is done to check for cysts. the cysts can be stapled using thoracoscopic technique. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The only: Lung cancer i expect a complete response to is small cell. The next steps vary depending on what the plan was: was t given before surgery? Radiotherapy? Was the expectation that the chemotherapy was curative? Go with him to the medical oncology visit scheduled to review the tratment plan. Treatment may be palliative. If symptoms, ask what else can be done. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers