Patient Education

Asthma Treatment and Medications

Asthma treatment involves the use of "rescue" medications to treat asthma symptoms and "preventive" medications to keep asthma under control, as well as a plan to track and manage your asthma symptoms. See your pulmonologist about asthma treatment options and to develop a personalized Asthma Action Plan. More...

Bronchoscopy

Bronchoscopy is a procedure using a flexible tube with a light and mini-camera to view the airways. The bronchoscope is inserted through the nose or mouth, down the throat, and into the trachea and bronchi of the lungs. Bronchoscopy is performed by a pulmonologist to find out the cause of breathing trouble or coughing, or to obtain a sample of fluid or tissue. More...

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is a treatment that uses mild air pressure to keep the airways open in people who have breathing problems, such as sleep apnea. CPAP treatment is done with a CPAP machine during sleep, keeping the airways from collapsing or becoming blocked. Many people who use CPAP report feeling better once they begin treatment. A pulmonologist can help determine whether you have sleep apnea and if CPAP would be helpful for relieving your symptoms. More...

COPD Management

COPD leads to a variety of respiratory symptoms, including cough and difficulty breathing. Symptoms come and go and additional treatment is often required during periods of worsening symptoms (exacertabtions). There is no cure for COPD, but there are several inhaled medications that can help to control the symptoms. If COPD symptoms suddenly worsen, it is important to call your pulmonologist who may prescribe different inhaled medications or an antibiotic and recommend that you be seen for further evaluation. More...

Influenza (The Flu)

Flu is a contagious illness caused by the influenza virus. Most healthy people recover from the flu after 7 days, but those with existing lung diseases, such as asthma and COPD, are at high risk for serious complications. If you have asthma, COPD or another lung disorder, it is important to get the flu vaccine each year, unless there is some medical reason to avoid its use. More...

Lung Cancer: Non-Small Cell Treatment

Lung cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the lung. There are two main types of lung cancer: non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC and small cell lung cancer (SCLC). Non-small cell lung cancer accounts for 85% of lung cancer. Treatment options for NSCLC include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy. More...

Lung Function Tests

Lung function tests (LFTs), also called pulmonary function tests (PFTs), are used by pulmonologists to diagnose respiratory conditions such as asthma and COPD. They may also be used to see how well treatments, such as asthma medications, are working. Lung function tests measure the size of your lungs, how well the air can move in (inspiration) and out of the lungs (expiration), and how well your lungs deliver oxygen to your blood. More...