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Lung Cancer Treatments

Check out this recent great summary on the latest developments in lung cancer treatment, with multiple quotes from Nick Wilsmore who was interviewed for the piece. See our link to the Medical Republic in Useful Links to check it out.

Lung Volume Reduction with Valves for Severe COPD

Here is a re-post of my previous appearance on Channel 9 news reporting on the innovative technology of valves for severe COPD. For those of you who suffer from severe breathlessness, or who have relatives who do, this is definitely worth a watch:

The Importance of Using Your Asthma Preventer

First private BT featured in Whitehorse Leader

We were featured in the Whitehorse Leader this week, for the first private Bronchial Thermoplasty procedure performed in Melbourne. Well done team!

First Ever Private BT Case Performed in Melbourne!

I performed the first private bronchial thermoplasty case in Melbourne on Monday. This is a breakthrough new treatment for sufferers of severe asthma.  

Oventus Device for Sleep Apnoea

This is another mandibular advancement splint device. It may be an option for those with poor CPAP tolerance, or difficulties with other MAS devices, because of nasal obstruction. 

Exhaled Nitric Oxide in Asthma

We now have access to FeNO testing in Box Hill and Lilydale, to help monitor asthma control and titrate inhaled steroid dosing.  

Pirfenidone Improves Mortality in IPF

Esbriet has finally been introduced onto the PBS for patients with IPF.  

Breakthrough in Asthma Treatment

There was new research released this week that offers additional treatment options to asthma sufferers who experience frequent flare-ups: 

Pulmonary Fibrosis Treatment

With the advent of PBS subsidised treatment for IPF (idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis), now that Nintedanib is available, it will be of increasing importance to be able to achieve adequate diagnostic tissue specimens for patients with possible disease. When the radiology (CT scan) is not entirely consistent with IPF, but the lung doctor is still concerned about this possibility, then lung biopsy is required. Now that we have Cryobiopsy, we can often achieve this as a day procedure, without the need for painful and costly surgery.