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Feeling breathless 3 months post radiotherapy


Re: Feeling breathless 3 months post radiotherapy

Hi Scx


Feeling scared when you notice a new symptom is very normal. It’s not possible to say what’s causing your symptoms, but it’s good that you’re being investigated.


Sometimes after radiotherapy to the breast/chest area, part of the lung behind the treatment area can become inflamed, causing a dry cough or shortness of breath. This usually heals by itself over time. More rarely, fibrosis of the upper lung can occur, causing similar side effects. It’s good that you’ve reported your symptoms to your team and that they’re doing some further tests.


You may find these tips on how to deal with breathlessness helpful.


Here at Breast Cancer Care we offer a range of free supportive services that you might be interested in. This includes face to face support at a number of locations throughout the country. For more details about all of these services, please see the information on the link, or call our free Helpline.


You can also call our free, confidential Helpline if you would like to talk this through or have any further questions that we can help with. The number is 0808 800 6000.


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Best wishes




Breast Cancer Care Nurse


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Feeling breathless 3 months post radiotherapy

Hi all 

Wondering if anyone has had anything similar.

I was diagnosed last April and following a mastectomy, 8 rounds of Chemo and 15 sessions of radiotherapy I now feel breathless, stabby pains in chest. Chest xray showed shadows and now having a CT. Feeling scared.