A 45-year-old member asked:
i got a scar tissue in lung after radiation therapy for breast cancer. no one told me it could happen. what should i do?
3 doctor answers
Dr. James Beckman answered
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 scarring.
Answered on Apr 1, 2019
Dr. Barry Rosen answered
33 years experience General Surgery
Very rare, but...: ...Well-recognized complication of breast radiation therapy (of course, when you are that "one in a million", that doesn't help). Modern techniques are designed to maximize rx to the breast & minimize effects on the heart and lungs. Your radiation oncologist certainly should have discussed this with you pre-treatment--informed consent is a necessary part of any rx regimen.
Answered on Aug 22, 2015
Dr. Cliff Robinson answered
16 years experience Radiation Oncology
Common: To get some scar tissue in the upper part of the lung just below the ribs. This is often best appreciated on a ct scan. Most patients have no change in their breathing function, and the risk of developing a temporary inflammation (pneumonitis) is very low, but treatable with steroids. This risk is probably lower with modern radiation techniques such as imrt.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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