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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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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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Would oxygen therapy be helpful for chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (copd)?

Can be: Oxygen therapy improves survival in COPD patients...But only if they need it. Some patients have such severe disease that they can't maintain a normal oxygen level. This is when oxygen therapy is helpful. Often we check patient's oxygen levels with an oximeter, a machine that measures the level of oxygen in the bloodstream. Patients qualify for treatment if the level is less than 88%. ...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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How effective is radiation therapy for treating lung cancer?

How effective is radiation therapy for treating lung cancer?

Depends: Radiation is one method of treating lung cancer, and is effective if the lesion is small, and peripherally located. Once the lesion is treated, a scar will remain. This needs to be followed, since complete clearance can only be determined by surgical resection. ...Read more

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How effective is oxygen therapy for treating croup?

How effective is oxygen therapy for treating croup?

Cold mist helps: Croup it is caused by different kind of viruses. The symptoms varie from hoarse voice to a more severe form with fever and stridor, an inspiratory noise due to the swelling of the airway. Cold mist(with or without oxygen) can help, but for the more severe cases children might require racemic epinephrine nebulization and steroids. ...Read more

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What therapy is better for asthma?

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What therapy is better for asthma?

Depends: Nearly everyone responds differently to anti-asthma drugs. The most common one used is inhaled steroid which needs to be used regularly. Avoidance of the triggers is the best approach. Consult your allergist for other options since there not one best drug for everybody. ...Read more

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Does nonpharmacologic therapy for hypertension work?

Does nonpharmacologic therapy for hypertension work?

For mild high BP: Diet (no added salt, and cut back on processed foods, eating more fresh produce, fish, lean meats), regular exercise (doesn't have to be intense, duration is more important than intensity) , and weight loss (see the first two, add to them weight training three days a week) all reduce blood pressure over the long haul. ...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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Is chelation therapy effective for heart patients?

Is chelation therapy effective for heart patients?

Not for Kids: Not for kids. Stay away from this potentially life threatening procedure. ...Read more

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How effective is smoking cessation for treating lung cancer?

How effective is smoking cessation for treating lung cancer?

It's not: NO cancer will go away simply because the person stopped smoking. It still requires chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery, and sometimes all 3. However, in those who do NOT stop smoking after diagnosis, the chances of success are much less than in those who do stop (almost twice the success rate in quitters). If this is you or a loved one, a cessation program and medication are warranted. ...Read more

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Will radiation therapy for lung cancer make my father's COPD worse?

Will radiation therapy for lung cancer make my father's COPD worse?

Possibly.: Radiation can injure the lung tissue. Therefore since COPD is already an injury they can be additive. The radiation doctor needs to know values for fvc and fev1 (tell you how good the lung is) and consider these in his planning for the radiation. The majority of lung cancer is in smokers and most have copd. So its just how bad it is and how much lung is going to be radiated. ...Read more

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Is HBOT therapy advised for stroke patients?

Is HBOT therapy advised for stroke patients?

Hyper-baric oxygen: We use for ischemic limbs to prevent amputation, and find some utility in bad infections. Some research has been done in stroke, and occasional acute cases have responded, but oxygen treatment for stroke remains controversial and so far, not in main stream. ...Read more

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What is recommended for physical therapy for older adults with arthritis?

What is recommended for physical therapy for older adults with arthritis?

Pool?: I recommend exercises that maximize mobility with as little stress on the joints as possible. Pool (aquatic) therapy is great for this. The classes are also a wonderful social experience, and most insurances will cover this with proper documentation. ...Read more

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Does hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy for chronic fatigue work well?

Does hyperbaric oxygen chamber therapy for chronic fatigue work well?

HBOT ; Chronic Fatig: One study "the efficacy of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in the management of chronic fatigue syndrome was suggestive of improvements but it was a very small study. I don't know how scientifically vigorous it was. http://www.ncbi.nih.gov/pubmed/23682549. Currently chronic fatigue syndrome is not an approved indication for hbot. (committee on hyperbaric oxygen therapy of the undersea ; hyperbaric med. ...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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Prognosis and therapy pfapa?

Prognosis and therapy pfapa?

Rheumatogist: Pfpapa is an illness which presents with periodic fever, mouth lesions, and abdominal pain.You should be under the care of a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy an effective treatment for chronic brain injury?

Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy an effective treatment for chronic brain injury?

Research underway: Here are a constelation of studies: http://www.Medicalgasresearch.Com/content/1/1/21. Most studies have been done with severe traumatic brain injury patients. I believe that the jury is still out. ...Read more

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

A group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it difficult to breathe. ...Read more