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Can chemo make someone with COPD worse?

Can chemo make someone with COPD worse?

No: Chemo will not make COPD worse. But some chemo drugs can cause fibrosis of the lungs and will make breathing difficult and even place you on a breathing machine. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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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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What does someones peak flow meter be if they have copd?

What does someones peak flow meter be if they have copd?

Really depends...: Peak flow is notoriously inaccurate because it is highly dependent on patient effort.

That said, usually, peak flow for patients with COPD and/or asthma is lower than normal. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone who has been diagnosed with copd?

BODE index: A combination of multiple factors predict survival in patients with copd. One such grading system is called bode index. This takes into account body mass index, severity of breathlessness, distance walked in 6 minutes, and lung function. The last two require testing in pulmonary function lab. Bode index can predict 4 yr survival and risk of hospitalization. ...Read more

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What kind of breathing exercises would you recommend for someone with copd?

What kind of breathing exercises would you recommend for someone with copd?

Pulmonary rehab: If it is available many communities offer a program called pulmonary rehab. This is a graded exercise program suprevised by trained respiratory and physical therapists and in some cases physicians. COPD patients are also educated in specific breathing techniques and about their disease in general. It seems patients who go through the program do overall better. ...Read more

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Can someone please tell me what is hyperlyphedemia. Is it concerning copd?

Can someone please tell me what is hyperlyphedemia. Is it concerning copd?

There: There must be some kind of mispelling in your wording
it could hyperlipidemia, that is related to colesterol and blood lipids
or it could be hyperlipemia, that is the same
lymphedema is swelling on an area were lymphn channels are blocked ...Read more

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How long does someone with COPD usually live?

Depends: Depends on the severity of COPD and even then, each individual is different...So difficult to predict. ...Read more

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How long can someone survivie with advanced copd?

How long can someone survivie with advanced copd?

Variable: Some people with advanced COPD (poor fev1s) can survive for years - the trajectory of worsening and how often a person has "exaccerbations" is better indicator of a person's reasonable life expectancy. ...Read more

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How long can someone live with mild to moderate copd?

Optimistic!: Good treatment is available for maintenance of COPD patients. Prognosis is good for those who are compliant with doctor's advice! ...Read more

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If COPD is caught early, could someone live a totally normal life?

Yes: The key is stopping smoking as early as possible, even before COPD develops. ...Read more

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What area in the us is the best environment for someone with copd?

COPD and climate: I am not aware there is any one answer to the best climate for people with copd. Altitude decreases oxygen concentration and can cause shortness of breath in patients without lung disease. Air pollution has also been correlated with adverse health outcomes. Air pollution data can be found on the epa website. Different allergens are also found in different environments and can affect breathing. ...Read more

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Could someone explain a person's COPD deteriorating during the night and then improving in the morning?

Could someone explain a person's COPD deteriorating during the night and then improving in the morning?

Cortisol levels?: There is a regular daily variation in cortisol levels produced by the body with a usual peak in the early morning hours. Cortisol help suppress inflammation causing improvement in symptoms.
Having said that, it is often the case that shortly after awakening people with COPD experience quite a bit of cough and phlegm production. ...Read more

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How long can someone expect to live with COPD without treatment?

Depends: It depends on many things: (1) how severe the COPD is; (2) how many symptoms you have from it; (3) if you are still smoking or not.

Some people have very mild COPD that doesn't need treatment and can live a long time with it. Others need inhalers and other treatments; others may need oxygen. So, it really depends on how bad it is and what other factors are present. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How long does someone who has the last stage of COPD and 90% fluid in their lungs have to survive?

Not much: If you really have end stage COPD and you have 90 % fluid in lungs and not treated for it you won't live longer. Technically if you are end stage COPD and any fluid in you lung, you already will be on a breathing machine or life support. ...Read more

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What can be helpful for someone with copd, taking a lot of medication and and needs oxygen at night.?

What can be helpful for someone with copd, taking a lot of medication and and needs oxygen at night.?

Copd: It looks like you may have terminal copd, you do require lot of support and help. You may have to work with your pulmonologist, home health or even hospice services and respiratory therapist. They should be able to assess what type of help you need. ...Read more

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Can COPD be reversed?

No: One out of four people who have smoked 15 years 1 pack per day will develop copd. Once it is established it will continue to worsen although at different rates depending upon active smoking and genetic predisposition. Rate of decline depends on active smoking and genetics. There is no way to reverse COPD once it is established. ...Read more

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How is COPD diagnosed?

How is COPD diagnosed?

PFT: A pulmonary function test or spirometry is needed to diagnose copd. X-rays alone are not enough. Medical history is also important. ...Read more

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What're COPD symptoms?

Symptoms...: COPD symptoms include shortness of breath either with activity or at rest, cough either productive of sputum or non-productive. Symptoms can also include weight loss and malaise. Symptoms typically occur after a significant smoking history. See your doctor for testing if you think you may have this incurable disease. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of copd?

What are the symptoms of copd?

COPD: COPD is characterized by shortness of breath and chronic productive cough, typically in a smoker or ex-smoker. ...Read more

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What mean of COPD excarbation?

What mean of COPD excarbation?

See below: COPD exacerbations are usually caused by a virus. Patients get more SOB, maybe cough more, have more sputum production and possible a change in their sputum color. More serious issues are a drop in oxygen saturations and increases in blood carbon dioxide levels. ...Read more

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How is COPD diagnosed and treated?

How is COPD diagnosed and treated?

COPD...: COPD is diagnosed by clinical symptoms in conjunction with pulmonary function tests. Treatment usually consists of bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. Oxygen therapy is prescribed if the oxygen level is low. Smoking cessation is also essential to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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Is COPD reversible or is it terminal?

COPD: COPD is an acronym for a number of diseases that lead to progressive lung function loss, breathing problems, and disability in many patients at risk due to chronic inflammation caused by noxious stimuli-- like smoking. The stage of COPD is crucial in determining risk of premature loss of life and a pulmonary function test is needed. The more severe, the greater the risk potential. ...Read more

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Should I be around cats if I have copd?

Should I be around cats if I have copd?

Depends...: If you are allergic to cats you should avoid them since this can lead to bronchospasm and airway inflammation, causing a worsening of your symptoms. If you don't know whether you have a cat allergy, see your doctor since testing can be done and then advice can be more accurately given! ...Read more

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What's COPD and what are the stages of it?

COPD...: Copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a slowly progressive, incurable lung disease usually caused by smoking. There are treatments that control symptoms and smoking cessation is a necessary component of therapy. See your doctor for both diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What are some things that exacerbate copd?

Top Five: The top fice factors that can cause a COPD exacerbation include allergies, bacterial/viral infection, pulmonary embolism, heart attack and non compliance to medical regimen. There are others but these cover the majority. ...Read more

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Is COPD contagious?

Is COPD contagious?

No: COPD stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It has 2 common forms - emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The most common cause by far is smoking. Sometimes it can be caused by environmental exposures and uncommonly it can come from genetic factors. COPD is characterized by prolonged or difficult exhalation and when more severe can lead to low oxygen levels in the body. Don't smoke! ...Read more

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Can you died from copd?

Yes: It is true that you can die of copd. The leading cause of death however across all stages of the disease is coronary artery disease (ie heart attack). Most patients that die of COPD die of a complication such ad penumonia or pulmonary embolism. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for copd?

Is there a cure for copd?

No cure for COPD: Sorry, there is no cure for COPD. However, COPD can be treated to reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms. ...Read more

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Is COPD life threatening?

Can be...: COPD is a slowly progressive disease and, over many years, the damage in the lungs increases and eventually can be life-threatening. The progression can be slowed further via smoking cessation and supplemental oxygen, if your oxygen level is low enough to qualify. ...Read more

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Is there any cure for copd?

Is there any cure for copd?

No: At this time there is no cure. Lung transplant can be done and COPD will not return in the transplanted lung. If you have Alpha one antitrypsin deficiency you can give a patient back the missing enzyme through intravenous infusions. Otherwise smoking cessation is your best primary prevention. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more