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How is IPF managed?

Whilst there is no cure for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), various therapies can help to alleviate symptoms and slow down disease progression. Therapeutic strategies include various medications, as well as non-pharmacological options such as pulmonary rehabilitation, oxygen therapy and lung transplantation.1 It is important to bear in mind that treatment decisions for IPF are highly personal for each patient and may be affected by additional factors such as the presence of other diseases (comorbidities), the possible adverse events of the treatments and the risk of acute exacerbations of IPF.2 You may also have the opportunity to participate in a clinical trial to test a new therapy. Talk to your doctor about the treatment options that are best for you.

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  1. Wells AU, et al. Interstitial lung disease guideline. Thorax 2008;63:v1–v58.
  2. Raghu G, et al. An official ATS/ERS/JRS/ALAT statement: idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: evidence-based guidelines for diagnosis and management. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2011;183:788–824.

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