Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive disease, which means it will get worse over time and there is no cure. Doctors will use lung function tests to determine how advanced COPD is in a given patient. The final stage, Stage 4, is known as “end-stage COPD.” Because there is no cure for the chronic lung condition, any treatment at any stage will typically only target the symptoms rather stopping the progression of the actual disease. The damage caused by COPD is irreversible. However, there are some treatments during end-stage COPD that may make it easier to live with the disease and improve quality of life.
Treatment of end-stage COPD
Bronchodilators can help to widen your airways. These come in two types: short-acting bronchodilators, for the sudden onset of asthma or shortness of breath, and long-acting bronchodilators, which patients will use daily to help manage symptoms before they arise.
Glucocorticosteroids may help reduce inflammation. You’ll typically be prescribed this medication via inhaler or nebulizer, which are the most effective means of delivering the steroids to your airways. Combination inhalers may combine bronchodilators with steroids, which can enhance the benefits of each and make the treatment more effective.
Supplemental oxygen is another common treatment that many people with end-stage COPD will receive. This may help reduce the risk of organ damage from hypoxia, or low blood oxygen, which is common in patients who can’t take in enough air or deliver the oxygen from that air efficiently throughout the body.
Breathing techniques can also make it easier to draw in air and reduce the effort of breathing. This can enhance your quality of life, make it easier to move around and improve your sleep and energy levels.
Cellular therapy for end-stage COPD treatment
Alternative treatments like cellular therapy may also help those with end-stage COPD to get back some of the quality of life they have lost. Some people have even been able to reduce their oxygen therapy use after treatment and have reported an improved quality of life. Cellular therapy has helped many people breathe easier. This treatment help to promote healing from within the lungs by using the patient’s own cells to help encourage the growth of new, healthy lung tissue.
For more information on cellular therapy and if it could be a good fit for you, contact the Lung Health Institute today at 855-882-1292.