I have been researching Pulmonary Fibrosis and I have found a number of treatments available. My question to you is what treatment is the best one to give a try ? I'm not putting my hope in the Doctors but in proven treatment that will give me hope. My wife is 61 years old and she has Pulmonary Fibrosis and her Doctor claim that she has a short time to live. I would be glad to get any information that you have that might help. She is now in Pulmonary Rehab and is on oxygen 24/7
Treatment and prevention
Pulmonary fibrosis which is also called Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, creates scar tissue. The scarring is permanent once it has developed. Slowing in the progression and prevention depends on the underlying cause:
Treatment options for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis are very limited Though research trials are ongoing, there is no evidence that any medications can significantly help this condition. Lung transplantation is the only therapeutic option available in severe cases. Since some types of lung fibrosis can respond to corticosteroids (such as Prednisone) and/or other medications that suppress the body's immune system, these types of drugs are sometimes prescribed in an attempt to slow the processes that lead to fibrosis.
The immune system is felt to play a central role in the development of many forms of pulmonary fibrosis. The goal of treatment with immune suppressive agents such as corticosteroids is to decrease lung inflammation and subsequent scarring. Responses to treatment are variable. Those whose conditions improve with immune suppressive treatment probably do not have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis has no significant treatment or cure. There are pharmacological agents in the experimental phase intended to prevent scarring.Anti-inflammatory agents have only limited success in reducing the fibrotic progress.
Some of the other types of fibrosis, such as nonspecific interstitial pneumonitis (NSIP), may respond to immunosuppressive therapy such as corticosteroids. However, only a minority of patients respond to corticosteroids alone, so additional immunosuppressants, such as cyclophosphamide, azathioprine, methotrexate, penicillamine, and cyclosporine may be used. Colchicine has also been used with limited success.There are ongoing trials with newer drugs such as IFN-γ, mycophenolate mofetil, and pirfenidone.
Hypersensitivity pneumonitis, a less severe form of pulmonary fibrosis, is prevented from becoming aggravated by avoiding contact with the causative material.
Oxygen supplementation improves the quality of life and exercise capacity. Lung transplantation may be considered for some patients.
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