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Does a history of lung problems make it a bad idea for me to have radiation for breast cancer?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: It Depends

It depends on your lung problems.
Radiation for breast cancer may cause some lung changes on x-ray, and sometimes a cough. Women with asthma or COPD can have radiation therapy. Women with lupus or scleroderma should not have radiation therapy. You should not have radiation therapy if you have had previous radiation to your chest. Ask your radiation oncologist about your specific lung problems.

In brief: It Depends

It depends on your lung problems.
Radiation for breast cancer may cause some lung changes on x-ray, and sometimes a cough. Women with asthma or COPD can have radiation therapy. Women with lupus or scleroderma should not have radiation therapy. You should not have radiation therapy if you have had previous radiation to your chest. Ask your radiation oncologist about your specific lung problems.
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Barry Rosen
You may be a candidate for APBI, accelerated partial breast irradiation, AKA "brachytherapy".
Dr. Michael Thompson
There is also the possibility of intra-operative radiation therapy.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Very little lung is effected with good careful radiation planning.
Of course these effects are in the consent form but the risk is low.

In brief: No

Very little lung is effected with good careful radiation planning.
Of course these effects are in the consent form but the risk is low.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology

In brief: Maybe

You need to ask your pulmonary doctor to speak with your radiatin oncologist and vice versa.
Very little lung tissue is hit with breast radiotherapy. But your lung situation may need a specific not a general answer.

In brief: Maybe

You need to ask your pulmonary doctor to speak with your radiatin oncologist and vice versa.
Very little lung tissue is hit with breast radiotherapy. But your lung situation may need a specific not a general answer.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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