Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Other Names for this Disease
- Familial idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
- Fibrocystic pulmonary dysplasia
- Fibrosing alveolitis
- Fibrosing alveolitis, cryptogenic
- Hamman-Rich disease
Your QuestionMy wife was recently diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. She is being treated with N-Acetylcysteine, an anti-oxidant supplement. Is there a newer therapy or treatment for this condition?
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Yes. The U.S. National Institutes of Health, through the National Library of Medicine, developed ClinicalTrials.gov to provide patients, family members, and members of the public with current information on clinical research studies. Currently, there are a number of clinical trials enrolling individuals with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Many of these trials are investigating new therapies. To find these trials, click here. After you click on a study, review its "eligibility" criteria to determine its appropriateness. Use the study’s contact information to learn more. Check this site often for regular updates.
You can also contact the Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison (PRPL) Office at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We recommend calling the toll-free number listed below to speak with a specialist, who can help you determine if your wife is eligible for any clinical trials.
NIH Clinical Center
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-2655
Web site: http://clinicalcenter.nih.gov/
If your wife is interested in enrolling in a clinical trial, she can find helpful general information on clinical trials at the following ClinicalTrials.gov Web page.
A tutorial about clinical trials that can also help answer her questions can be found at the following link from the National Library of Medicine:
Resources on many charitable or special-fare flights to research and treatment sites and low-cost hospitality accommodations for outpatients and family members, as well as ambulance services, are listed on the Web site of the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD), part of the National Institutes of Health.
- Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). 2007; http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/ipf/ipf_whatis.html. Accessed 12/9/2008.