While there is no cure currently available for asbestosis, measures can be taken to relieve symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. In some cases, the initial treatment is to assist the patient in giving up smoking, since smoking exacerbates the condition and contributes to the development of lung cancer. Other possible treatments may, depending on the severity of the individual case, include one or more of the following:
- Drainage of the pleural cavity
- Oxygen therapy
- Medication to lower blood pressure, if necessary
- Lung transplant
Patients with asbestosis require follow-up examinations. The frequency of such examinations is determined by the stage of the disease. Because of increased susceptibility, it is extremely important that asbestosis patients take steps to prevent respiratory infections by getting necessary vaccinations for flu and pneumonia and by avoiding people who are ill.
Dr. Chug’s expertise also extends to the legal field, where he collaborates with law firms to help with their clients affected with asbestosis. Here he helps evaluate patients with occupational lung diseases, leveraging his medical specialty to aid in case management.