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Could radiation therapy for breast cancer be giving me a cough?
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Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
There is a small amount of lung radiated that usually causes no problems.
But sometimes this amount is large enough to cause a pneumonitis that can cause a cough. You need an exam and a lung x-ray to determine if this is the cause.

In brief: Yes
There is a small amount of lung radiated that usually causes no problems.
But sometimes this amount is large enough to cause a pneumonitis that can cause a cough. You need an exam and a lung x-ray to determine if this is the cause.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. Shelby Terstriep
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Rarely
Rarely radiation to the breast can cause inflammation of a portion of the lung.
This can cause cough. It is typically treated with steroids. If you experience cough and shortness of breath during or shortly after radiation you should contact your radiation oncologist.

In brief: Rarely
Rarely radiation to the breast can cause inflammation of a portion of the lung.
This can cause cough. It is typically treated with steroids. If you experience cough and shortness of breath during or shortly after radiation you should contact your radiation oncologist.
Dr. Shelby Terstriep
Dr. Shelby Terstriep
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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
As stated by dr. Terstriep, it is rare.
Inflammation of the lung because of radiation ( radiation peumonitis), can produce a dry nagging cough typically 6 months out from radiation. It can be treated with steroids. It happens in less than 10% of the patients.

In brief: Yes
As stated by dr. Terstriep, it is rare.
Inflammation of the lung because of radiation ( radiation peumonitis), can produce a dry nagging cough typically 6 months out from radiation. It can be treated with steroids. It happens in less than 10% of the patients.
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Dr. Reza Shirazi
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