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Practical Recommendations for COPD: Evidence-Based Care The treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) depends on symptoms and history of exacerbation. These elements define the treatment strategies within the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) Guidelines' ABCD assessment tool • Although not taken into account in the ABCD tool, spirometry remains important for the diagnosis and assessment of airflow limitation. Bronchodilators are first-line treatment, either as a single or dual bronchodilator treatment. • The recently available combination of a long-acting beta agonist (LABA) and a long-acting muscarinic receptor antagonist (LAMA) into a single inhaler has demonstrated improvement in lung function, either in combination or with monotherapy. In the SPARK study evaluating indacaterol/glycopyrrolate vs glycopyrronium and tiotropium (LABA/LAMA vs LAMA alone) for the prevention of exacerbation in patients with COPD, the combination therapy was superior to a single bronchodilator as measured by the reduction of exacerbations. • LABA/LAMA was also shown to be superior in the ILLUMINATE study, which compared the patient-reported outcomes and the transition dyspnea index (TDI) for patients on LABA/LAMA with patients on LABA/ICS (inhaled corticosteroid). Data from multiple studies show that ICS-containing regimens can also effectively reduce exacerbation rates. Data from post-hoc analyses of clinical trials suggest that patients with high levels of blood eosinophils may respond better to ICS therapy, whereas patients with very low levels of eosinophils may not respond. ICS therapy is associated with serious side effects, such as pneumonia. In the WISDOM trial, patients who discontinued ICS experienced approximately 40 mL in forced expiratory volume over 1 second (FEV1), indicating that ICS should be withdrawn very carefully in some patients. As exacerbations are more frequent and often more severe in winter months, it is recommended to not withdraw steroids during that period Current evidence suggests that the combination of LABA/LAMA with ICS into a single inhaler will improve lung function, exacerbations, and symptoms Other treatment options besides triple therapy exist for patients who still experience exacerbations after LABA/LAMA treatment. • Roflumilast may be considered in patients with chronic bronchitis. • The use of long-term macrolides is possible in a particular profile subset of patients who have frequent exacerbations with bronchiectasis, bronchial colonization, and frequent bacterial infections.
Use of Biological Agents in Asthma: Despite advances in asthma initiatives, there continues to be a large population of patients with severe asthma whose condition remains uncontrolled despite the use of inhaled combination corticosteroids and long-acting beta-agonist treatment. For this population, which may include as many as one-third of all patients with asthma, biological therapy is often a treatment consideration in specialist clinics.
The development of biomarker-driven targeted therapy has resulted in substantial benefits for patients with non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations, and rearrangements involving the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene or the ROS1 gene. For patients with EGFR-mutant NSCLC EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (eg, gefitinib, erlotinib, and afatinib) have a superior objective response rate and progression-free survival compared with chemotherapy in the first-line setting. For patients who have disease progression on EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor and with NSCLC with an EGFR T790M mutation osimertinib has demonstrated a superior response rate and progression-free survival compared with chemotherapy in the second-line setting.4 For patients with ALK rearrangements ALK tyrosine kinase inhibitors (eg, crizotinib, ceritinib) have a superior response rate and progression-free survival compared with chemotherapy in the first-line setting, and for patients who experience disease progression, ceritinib and alectinib have demonstrated clinically relevant response rates and progression-free survival..For patients with ROS1 rearrangements, targeted therapy, is associated with a higher response rate and longer progression-free survival than has been observed with chemotherapy. These molecular alterations are more common in NSCLC with adenocarcinoma histology and in the minority of patients with a light smoking or never smoking history. The success of these targeted therapies in molecularly defined subsets of NSCLC made the development of targeted therapies and identification of predictive biomarkers a focus of thoracic oncology research. Routine molecular testing is now the standard of care for patients with NSCLC with adenocarcinoma histology
What is a chest infection and what causes it? Acute bronchitis This is an infection of the large airways in the lungs (bronchi). Acute bronchitis is common and is often due to a viral infection. Infection with a germ (bacterium) is a less common cause. Pneumonia This is a serious infection of the lung. Treatment with medicines called antibiotics is usually needed. How common are chest infections? Chest infections are very common, especially during the autumn and winter. They often occur after a cold or flu. Anyone can get a chest infection but they are more common in: Young children and the elderly. People who smoke. People with long-term chest problems such as asthma. What are the symptoms of a chest infection? The main symptoms are a chesty cough, breathing difficulties and chest pain. You may also have headaches and have a high temperature (fever). The symptoms of an infection of the large airways (bronchi) in the lungs (acute bronchitis) and a serious lung infection (pneumonia) may be similar; however, pneumonia symptoms are usually more severe
COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases or chronic bronchitis) Assessment of the risk of death in this patients depend on their BODE Index B stand for BMI, O- Obstruction depending on FEV1, D - Shortness of breath OR dyspnea using MMRC scale , E - Exercise capacity, measured by 6 minutes walk test 6MWT.This index calculated using a scale of 0 to 3 for each parameter, depending on severity. except BMI scale different < 21 is 0 and more than >21 is 1. BODE score of 7 to 10 falls in the higher chance of mortality. Other factors have also been associated with increased moribidity and mortality in COPD , For example : acute exacerbation of COPD, Hospitalization, cardiac comorbidities Survival benefit are smoking cessation and lung volume reduction surgery in selected patients .Oxygen is beneficial who are hypoxemic on room air. None of the medications consistently demonstrated to prolong life.
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