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Topic: lungs after rads - inflammation?
Posted By: rosewater
Subject: lungs after rads - inflammation?
Date Posted: Mar 28 2015 at 1:05am
Hi there,
I finished my rads (x25) mid January 2015, and I've been noticing a tightness or pressure or tickle in my lung that makes me feel like coughing or clearing my throat. It's hard for me to fully describe the feeling because it's not like a typical cough from a cold. I've been noticing it's since around Christimas time, and I mentioned it to my radiation oncologist about 3 weeks ago. He said that he believes it's inflammation on my lung from the radiation. I'm hoping that this is the case, but it has me concerned. Could it be cancer on my lung? Is this a common feeling after radiation? And if so, how long does it last for? What does lung cancer feel like? I see my oncologist for my next 3 month checkup on April 7th.

Thank you!
Natasha

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DX IDC TNBC 03/14 age 40, Stage 1, Grade 3, 2cm, 0/4Nodes, lumpectomy 04/14, DD A/C x4, Taxol x12, Carboplatin x2, BMX 10/14, rads x28 Finished Jan 14/15, Oopherectomy Jan 29/15 BRCA 2+



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Posted By: lilyrose
Date Posted: Mar 28 2015 at 7:13pm
Hi Rosewater,
My RO warned me that I could develop a cough from radiation. However, I did not. He said its a dry cough. Not sure if this helps you, but hopefully, you will get answers at your next appointment. I will keep you in my prayers.
Hugs, lilyrose

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DX 2/14, age 60, IDC TNBC BRCA- Stage 1,Grade 3, lumpectomy 3/14, 2cm, 0/4 nodes, clear margins


4/14, A/C DD 4rounds
6/14 Taxol weekly x 12
9/25 Rads 26 + 8 boosts


Posted By: 123Donna
Date Posted: Mar 29 2015 at 9:08pm
Rosewater,

After I finished radiation I developed a cough too.  I ended up getting radiation pneumonitis.  My onc prescribed an antiobiotic and cough medicine until it got better.

Donna


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DX IDC TNBC 6/09 age 49, Stage 1,Grade 3, 1.5cm,0/5Nodes,KI-67 48%,BRCA-,6/09bi-mx, recon, T/C X4(9/09)
11/10 Recur IM node, Gem,Carb,Iniparib 12/10,MRI NED 2/11,IMRT Radsx40,CT NED11/13,MRI NED3/15



Posted By: rosewater
Date Posted: Mar 30 2015 at 12:44pm
   Hi Lilyrose and Donna,
Thank you for responding. I'm praying that it is radiation pneumonitis. I googled it, and it sounds very much like what I'm feeling. I just hope that lung cancer doesn't feel the same way. Donna, did you have to have any scans on your lungs for the doc to diagnose the RP?

Thank you,
Natasha

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DX IDC TNBC 03/14 age 40, Stage 1, Grade 3, 2cm, 0/4Nodes, lumpectomy 04/14, DD A/C x4, Taxol x12, Carboplatin x2, BMX 10/14, rads x28 Finished Jan 14/15, Oopherectomy Jan 29/15 BRCA 2+


Posted By: 123Donna
Date Posted: Mar 30 2015 at 6:54pm
Natasha,

No, I didn't have any scans to dx RP.  I had just finished radiation treatment and then developed a cough.  It got worse and reminded me of a bronchial cough.  I also started running a fever of 100.  This was in July so it was unusual to get sick like this.  It was the weekend and I called my onc's office and talked to the onc on call.  She prescribed a z-pack and cough medicine for me.  It did the trick and I got better with no other problems.  If it didn't, I'm sure my onc would have ordered a scan.

Donna


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DX IDC TNBC 6/09 age 49, Stage 1,Grade 3, 1.5cm,0/5Nodes,KI-67 48%,BRCA-,6/09bi-mx, recon, T/C X4(9/09)
11/10 Recur IM node, Gem,Carb,Iniparib 12/10,MRI NED 2/11,IMRT Radsx40,CT NED11/13,MRI NED3/15



Posted By: rosewater
Date Posted: Mar 30 2015 at 10:21pm
Thank you, Donna!

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DX IDC TNBC 03/14 age 40, Stage 1, Grade 3, 2cm, 0/4Nodes, lumpectomy 04/14, DD A/C x4, Taxol x12, Carboplatin x2, BMX 10/14, rads x28 Finished Jan 14/15, Oopherectomy Jan 29/15 BRCA 2+



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