Scarring after radiotherapy

Can you please tell me If a scar on the lung after radiotherapy is different to lung fibrosis?

Dear Mermaid,

So sorry to read your post, I can understand how anxious you’re feeling, unfortunately I’m not medically trained to answer your question, but I want you to know that I’m thinking of you and wishing you well going forward.

You can always ring the Breast Cancer nurses on this site. They have very good advice and also a very caring.

biggest hugs Tili :rainbow: :rainbow:

Hi Mermaid13

Thank for posting.

The term ‘fibrosis’ generally means thickening or scarring of any type of tissue.

There are a number of causes of fibrosis of the lung, including various lung conditions, toxins and certain medications or treatment. It’s not unusual for this to be referred to as scarring of the lung when seen on imaging such as an x-ray or scan.

Sometimes after radiotherapy treatment to the breast or chest wall area, part of the lung behind the treatment area can become inflamed. This may cause a dry cough or shortness of breath. It usually heals by itself over time.

More rarely, fibrosis of the upper lung tissue can occur which can cause long term similar side effects.

Do talk to your treatment team if you have questions about your individual situation.

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