(pronounced SAR-COY-DOE-SIS) is an inflammatory disease that can affect almost any organ in the body. It causes heightened immunity, which means that a person's immune system, which normally protects the body from infection and disease, overreacts, resulting in damage to the body's own tissues. The classic feature of sarcoidosis is the formation of granulomas, microscopic clumps of inflammatory cells that group together (and look like granules, hence the name). When too many of these clumps form in an organ they can interfere with how that organ functions.
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FSR feels strongly that the causes of this disease, and ultimately a cure, will be uncovered through rigorous and extensive scientific research. Awards focus on collaborations which advance the understanding of sarcoidosis and address the causes of the disease, the suffering of patients and the potential for a cure for sarcoidosis.
For many newly diagnosed patients and their families, finding a physician who understands sarcoidosis can be difficult. Although the disease can be diagnosed and treated by family practitioners, internists and general practitioners, many patients try to seek the help of a sarcoidosis specialist.
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Clinical trials (sometimes called studies or protocols) are medical research studies in which people participate as volunteers and are one way of developing new treatments medications for diseases like sarcoidosis. Clinical trials can also provide researchers information that may be an important first step toward developing treatment. example, research may show how the disease progresses or how it affects systems in the body.