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scar tissue in lung after radiation therapy for breast cancer

A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Beckman
50 years experience Plastic Surgery
Radiation burns: Radiation therapy causes a type of burn resulting in injury. Hopefully cancer cells are killed, but normal tissue heals with some effects of tissue sc ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience Medical Oncology
Usually not: Breast cancer that has come back in the lung usually requires chemotherapy. It depends on the type of breast cancer, how quickly it is growing, and w ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Leonard Metildi
44 years experience General Surgery
Yes: This was a more common occurrence before modern tangential fields that avoid the lung. However, if the lung receives significant radiation, then pulmo ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience Medical Oncology
Yes: You can have radiation therapy with a portacath if it is not in the radiation "field" (the area where radiation will be given.) usually portacaths ar ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Greg Pahnke
43 years experience Surgical Oncology
Not known: The standard is external radiation in a course of 3 canadian study versus 6 weeks american study versus the newer concept of partial breast irradi ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
21 years experience Medical Oncology
Possibly: Radiation therapy for breast cancer may cause a tiny increase in your chance of getting leukemia 5-10 years later. In studies, it's hard to know wheth ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Orr
43 years experience Surgical Oncology
Ask your rad doc: Ask your radiation oncologist or the therapist. They get this question a lot. It depends on where the radiation fields are located, your reaction to ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Reza Shirazi
19 years experience Radiation Oncology
3-6 months later: Usually a baseline mammogram is obtained a couple of months after finishing radiation treatments. By then, most of the acute side effects of skin irr ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Cure (we hope): Radiation therapy is a very effective way to "sterilize" the breast after lumpectomy, reducing the chance of cancer coming back in the breast. Modern ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Very effective.: Radiation therapy (rt) is never a primary treatment for breast cancer, but rather a supplement to surgery for the local treatment of breast cancer. ... Read More

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