There is no single medication that can successfully and completely combat ALS. But there are a variety of medications and devices that can help prolong and improve the quality of life for ALS patients. The reduction or amelioration of symptoms is a goal worth exploring, and some treatment options do provide relief and support.
At ALS WORLDWIDE, we are continually searching for effective treatment options--from new, cutting-edge biotechnology procedures and pharmaceuticals to nutritional supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbs with a long history of medical application. Since the beginning of 2013, we have been presenting our research in a new format called ALSWW focus. These PDF documents spotlight one medication or device at a time, with detailed information about what it is, how it works and how to obtain it.
It is important that all patients considering our recommendations have a thorough discussion with their primary physician or neurologist to determine whether the treatment in consideration is appropriate. Patients and families are urged to print our ALSWW focus pieces to bring to medical appointments for discussion purposes.
Though a cure for ALS has not yet been found, research has never been more active or more promising. We encourage patients to ask their neurologists about current clinical trials to see if there are any trial opportunities in which to participate. Become informed about new discoveries related to genetic involvement. Keep regular appointments with your neurologist and use the services of a multi-disciplinary clinic or hospital. There are many ways for every patient to combat this disease. Most importantly, maintain a sense of hope, because one day, researchers will unlock the mysteries behind ALS.
We will continue to add new ALSWW focus articles weekly. Watch for them and always feel free to ask about them or suggest other treatments for inclusion.