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Doctor insights on: Chances Of Lung Damage From Breast Cancer Radiation

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Chances of lung damage from breast cancer radiation?

Chances of lung damage from breast cancer radiation?

Low, but depends: The overall risk of lung damage resulting in breathing problems is less than 1-2%, but depends on the size of the radiation field, whether nodes are being treated, the technique (2d, 3d, or imrt), use of chemo during radiation (unusual), and issues with the patient (history of interstitial lung disease , etc). Ask your doctor what techniques they will use to reduce the amount of lung treated. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Female) (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast on an annual basis. ...Read more


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Would low O2 saturation levels at night below 90 for 2 to 3 hours with Cpap result from breast cancer radiation ? Normal lung function , chest X-ray

Would low O2 saturation levels at night below 90 for 2 to 3 hours with Cpap result from breast  cancer radiation ?  Normal lung function , chest X-ray

Probably not: Radiation damage to the lung can be detected functionally on pulmonary function tests. If your pulmonary function tests are completely normal, it would be unlikely that radiation lung damage was the cause of the fall in 02 saturation. ...Read more

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What are some of the breast cancer radiation side effects?

What are some of the breast cancer radiation side effects?

Briefly: During & wks after radiation: inflam symptoms of the breast & poss chest wall (soreness, dryness, sometimes peeling under breast or armpit area). Be diligent w/ skin care. Clean & dry @ b4 treatment. Subjective differences in skin care product recs. Long term: thickened skin, slight retraction of breast, scar in lung. Benefits>>risks. Try to eat small freq meals, stay hydrated, exercise as possib. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer radiation treatment cause GI issues?

Not usually: Breast radiation doesn't usually have many side effects outside of the breast, chest wall, and occasionally the lung. But fatigue is common and sometimes depression as well (not really related to the radiation per se). So it is not uncommon for iriitable bowel type symptoms to flare up if you are a person that has GI issues when stressed. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer radiation treatment cause stomach issues?

Can breast cancer radiation treatment cause stomach issues?

Usually not: Gi symptoms during breast cancer radiotherapy are uncommon but not unheard of, especially for right-sided cancers where some of the liver may be in the lower part of the field. Ask your radiation doctor to see how much liver is being irradiated and if it can be minimized. More often this problem is related to chemo or hormonal treatment or a diet supplement. ...Read more

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What are worst breast cancer radiation effects?

FIBROSIS: Radiation pneumonitis with fibrosis is the most serious. Also radiation esophagitis and scarring of the skin. Most resolve to some degree with time and steroids. ...Read more

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Could radiation treatments for breast cancer cause scar tissue in the lungs?

Could radiation treatments for breast cancer cause scar tissue in the lungs?

Yes: This was a more common occurrence before modern tangential fields that avoid the lung. However, if the lung receives significant radiation, then pulmonary fibrosis can develop. ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more