Your doctor may prescribe supplemental oxygen to help you in supplying enough air into your lungs. Oxygen passes from tanks via plastic tubing that has two prongs that fit into your nostrils. You may also use an oxygen mask. This is called oxygen therapy.
You may need supplemental oxygen for advanced asbestosis.
Pulmonary rehabilitation for treating asbestosis
Your doctor may advise a pulmonary rehabilitation program for you. This offers awareness about the condition and exercise programs like breathing and relaxation techniques. These programs and sessions help to improve overall health and discuss better ways to improve your physical activity habits.
These programs are designed in such a way that you and other asbestosis patients with chronic lung conditions maintain optimal activity levels.
Usually, doctors order CT scans and X-rays. But, doctors may also order a biopsy to rule out a lung tumor or mesothelioma. This is more likely to happen when a patient’s X-ray shows a nodule or lesion that may be cancerous. However, when a doctor is not able to rule out if the nodule or lesion is cancerous from the X-ray film, they may order a biopsy.
Your pathologist may ask for a tissue sample via different methods such as:
Your doctor will insert a hollow needle into your chest and into the tumor to get a section of the tissue. The removed tissue is then sent for analysis.
Your doctor will insert a hollow needle into your chest wall and into the space between your lungs and the chest. Your doctor will draw a sample of the fluid and send it for analysis.
Your doctor will take tissue samples from your windpipe through an incision in your neck.
Apart from these diagnostic surgeries, your doctor may perform a biopsy if you are at a higher risk of developing lung cancer or mesothelioma.
Although thoracentesis can help doctors to detect mesothelioma or lung cancer, using this procedure may also have a palliative use in treating asbestosis.
Sometimes, this lung disease can be accompanied by or cause pleural effusion. Pleural effusion is the condition where the fluid gets collected between the lungs and chest walls. Once the excess fluid is removed, your lungs start to work efficiently and relieve chest pain.
Alternative asbestosis treatment
Your doctor may suggest alternative treatments to provide relief. They may recommend herbal medicine, meditation, acupuncture, and massage therapy. Your doctor may recommend dietary improvements and mental health counseling, helping any treatment to work effectively.
While none of these alternatives offer a cure for asbestosis, many of them may ease pain, increase pulmonary function, and reduce inflammation. These are best done only with your doctor’s advice and supervision.
In severe cases, your doctor may order a lung transplant.