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

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.
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.
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.

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I had grade 3 invasive breast cancer and now I'm in palliative care as I have 8 lesions in my brain and my lungs are full. Radiation etc but how long?

Palliative Care. The duration of your palliative radiation is really dependent upon your continued favorable response to treatment and also your desire to continue treatment. This should be an on going conversation between you, your loved ones (if they are involved), and your doctor/palliative care team. . Read more...

1st stage breast cancer was removed in march, had radiation therapy (30day), now taking tamoxifen, but coughing phlegm now, can it be a transfer to lungs?

Unlikely. Most likely, simple respiratory track infection- bronchitis, see your doctor for examination, may give antibiotics along with cough medicine, and possible chest x-ray., metastasis is unlikely diagnosis in stage i . Read more...
Unusual. More likely is mild radiation pneumonitis - which can be detected on x ray. You might have a simple upper respiratory infection or bronchitis (especially if you smoke). It is unusual for an er+ tumor, stage i to metastasize that rapidly. Read more...
Not likely. It is more likely to have bronchitis or pneumonia in the lungs especially following treatment (radiation) for early breast cancer if you develop a cough with phlegm. Check with your doctor who might have you get a chest x-ray. Read more...

When stage 4 breast cancer has mets to lung, brain, adrenal, and now liver with no chemo how long can one live w/o chemo and radiation?

So sorry. This is a very bad situation, and really not compatible with life beyond 2 or 3 months at most. Once the liver gets involved, and out of control, there is little intervention which would succeed. Might consider hospice care at this point. All the best through this difficult time. Read more...
No very long perhaps. I'm sorry that the prognosis is not good, but this may be one of the cases that survives longer than the average. Some people in palliative care live years. Overall health, good support and spiritual strength play important roles in the quality of life regardless of the actual length. I wish you all the best during this challenging phase of life. Peace & love! Read more...
Probably not long. This person needs therapy is he/she so desires. If not, would recommend supportive care/hospice. Hope this helps. Read more...

Would multiple multi-phase protocol hd chest cts several months apart impose too much radiation hazard if patient is already at risk for breast cancer?

Caution . We are now trying to avoid ordering too many ct scans in high risk patients and the concern is real. Read more...
Depends. Studies have documented a certain yet low risk of breast cancer to the use of diagnostic xray based imaging. The risk depends on age of the patient and the amount (or dose) of exposure. You and your doctor should discuss this risk versus the possible benefit to your current health issues for which these ct scans are being considered. The radiologist performing the ct's will know the dose. Read more...