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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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Mammogram (Definition)

A mammogram is the "gold standard" screening test for breast cancer. It's well established that yearly 'grams will DX cancers well before they are palpable, leading to earlier diagnoses and saved lives. All experts agree to begin yearly mammograms by age 50; many (including myself) believe the pro's outweigh the con's to begin at 40. Regrettably, less than half of all women ...Read more


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Can the radiation from a mammogram cause cancer?

Can the radiation from a mammogram cause cancer?

Yes: Mammograms have been fine tuned to expose the breast to very little radiation. But no matter there is a small percent risk of causing cancer that is less than the risk of not catching a breast cancer that is not radiation caused early if you did not do mammograms. ...Read more

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How can ionizing radiation from nuclear explosions cause cancer?

How can ionizing radiation from nuclear explosions cause cancer?

Damaging genes: Inhaling or ingesting the radioactive particles that come from the explosing is also risky -- in fact, after chernobyl, most of the problems are thyroid concerns from the iodine. People in hiroshima and nagasaki had a significant rise especially in rates of leukemia, civilians exposed to tests had less cancers long-term than many had feared. ...Read more

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Would metastatic cervical cancer in the breast appear the same as breast cancer on mammogram and ultrasound?

Would metastatic cervical cancer in the breast appear the same as breast cancer on mammogram and ultrasound?

Possibly on imaging: Cervical cancer (the tissue at the end of the vaginal canal) rarely metastasizes to the breast. Rather breast cancer may metastasize to many areas of body, such as bone, lung, brain, lymph nodes. That being said, any abnormal growth in the breast, though mostly breast tissue, could look similarly by mammogram or ultrasound. The bottom line is if there is an abnormality, must be biopsied. ...Read more

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DCIS, left breast, biopsy itself removed high grade cancer cells, lumpectomy path 100% cancer free. Radiation necessary? What about proton therapy?

DCIS, left breast, biopsy itself removed high grade cancer cells, lumpectomy path 100% cancer free. Radiation necessary? What about proton therapy?

It depends: It may depend on your age. Radiotherapy to your involved breast may be required as it is the standard of care. Ask your doctor and let us know what advice you receive. Tamoxifen is another medication recommended after completion of Radiotherapy. ...Read more

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What is radiation risk to brain from a panoramic or full-mouth series dental xray? Am concerned abt radiation exposure bcuz mom died of brain cancer.

What is radiation risk to brain from a panoramic or full-mouth series dental xray?  Am concerned abt radiation exposure bcuz mom died of brain cancer.

Very Minimal Risk: I am sorry to hear about your mom and understand your concern. While no one can ever say that clinical x-ray exposure is 100% risk free, the risk is extremely minimal. You get more x-ray radiation exposure flying in a plane from New York to California, or from spending the day at the beach, then you do from a panorex or full-mouth series of x-rays. ...Read more

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Discolor from radiation on breast cancer, what to do?

Discolor from radiation on breast cancer, what to do?

Takes time: The discoloration is normal after radiation for breast cancer. The radiation is similar to getting a suntan over time. It can take months for the discoloration to resolve. Check with your radiation doctors, they oftern have recommendations for protecting the skin. Congrats on being a survivor! ...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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Detecting breast cancer appropriate to have thermography for women vs mammogram?

Detecting breast cancer appropriate to have thermography for women vs mammogram?

The use of: mammography as a screening test has been validated by many years of outcomes data. Thermography, not so much. ...Read more

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68y,left breast IDC in 2011,received Chemo+Radio+lumpectomy.Now,Angiosarchoma in same breast,had mastectomy.All margins are clear.Need Chemo or Radio?

68y,left breast IDC in 2011,received Chemo+Radio+lumpectomy.Now,Angiosarchoma in same breast,had mastectomy.All margins are clear.Need Chemo or Radio?

Cancer treatment: Only you and your Drs can make the best decision as to what is the best treatment for you. Discuss with your team and ask for second opinion as well. ...Read more

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Could the radiation therapy for my prostate cancer be giving me radiation prostatitis?

Could the radiation therapy for my prostate cancer be giving me radiation prostatitis?

Possibly: I'm not sure exactly what you are referring to by radiation prostatitis but if you are referring to increased urinary urgency and frequency then yes this is a possible acute side effect of radiation treatment to the prostate. This can be managed easily with some medications that can be given to you by your radiation oncologist. ...Read more

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What distinguishes inflammatory breast cancer from invasive breast cancer?

What distinguishes inflammatory breast cancer from invasive breast cancer?

Inflammatory breast: Cancer is a subtype of invasive breast cancer that involves the skin. It causes the skin to appear inflamed. ...Read more

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Should radiation be done before cancer cells from nsclc spread to brain?

See below: In certain situations; I am assuming u are referring to prophylactic cranial irridiation; sclc patients may benefit from pci after a response to chemotherapy/radiation. ...Read more

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DCIS calcifications ,biopsy itself removed all bad cells, lumpectomy pathology that followed 100% cancer free, radiation to aggressive?44 yr old.

DCIS calcifications ,biopsy itself removed all bad cells, lumpectomy pathology that followed  100%  cancer free, radiation to aggressive?44 yr old.

Depends: Two important other pieces of information are what the "grade" of the DCIS was which implies how aggressive it might be, and how much normal tissue was between the edge of what was removed and the DCIS. Both of these are taken into consideration when evaluating the role of radiation therapy for DCIS. Talk to your oncologist, your surgeon, and your radiation oncologist for more details. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer recur after radiation therapy?

Can breast cancer recur after radiation therapy?

Yes: No matter what treatment, cancer of the breast does not have 100 % results. So with lumpectomy and radiation cancer can still recurr. This is why patients need to follow with all their doctors for exams and x-rays. If there is a recurrence other options exist such as mastectomy. ...Read more

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Will visiting the radiation oncology department expose me to some amount of radiation?

Will visiting the radiation oncology department expose me to some amount of  radiation?

No!: There is lots of shielding around all the machines, so there is no risk to casual visitors. ...Read more

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Can uv radiation from the sun be similiar to the radiation used in cancer treatment?

Can uv radiation from the sun be similiar to the radiation used in cancer treatment?

Different wavelength: Ultraviolet is of wavelength / energy only slightly greater than visible light. Cancer treatment radiation is far more energetic and higher wavelength. ...Read more

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After effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer?

After effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer?

Side effects include: Acute effects include erythema hyperpigmentation of skin, moist desquamation of skin long term effects of radiation therapy for breast cancer include: radiation fibrosis of lung lymphedema of the affected side upper extremity myocardial injury hypothyroidism brachial plexus injury risk of second neoplasm (radiation induced malignancy). ...Read more

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