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A 57-year-old female asked:

I am a lung cancer servivor of 15 years i have had bronchitus since mid july i have had a chest xray and a cat scan and my lungs are fine my cancer treatment was surgery to remove top lobe of left lung and 6 and a half weeks of radiiation?

3 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Good news: It sounds as if you have a bronchitis. Because it has lasted this long. You should see your doctor.
Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 32 years experience
COPD?: Sounds like your cancer is cured, congratulations, you are one of few! you probably smoked and this lingering bronchitis may be uncontrolled copd. Check with your doctor for bronchodilators +/- steroids. Radiation pneumonitis would be very unusual after all this time.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 48 years experience
First of all: Congratulations on your survival and i know you stopped smoking. If teh simple imaging of cxr and ct are negative, and you still cough, i would get pft's, including abg and dlco. I'd see a pulmonary doctor and make sure a bronchoscopy was not indicated or a pet scan. Highly unlikely to be related to your old disease or treatment.

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