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Re: lymphangitis

Hi mexjun


Thanks for your post.


Lymphangitis is inflammation of the lymph vessels.  This can be due to infectious or non-infectious causes.


Non-infectious causes do include the presence of cancer cells in the lymph channels which can then become inflamed and blocked. In some people this might cause symptoms such as breathlessness. If this happens, steroid drugs such as dexamethasone or prednisolone can help reduce this.


It can be worrying when you are not sure of the meaning of your scan results. It sounds like it might be helpful for you to talk over the findings of your recent scan with your oncologist or specialist nurse if you have one. They can then explain them to you, what they think the cause of the lymphangitis is, and whether there is a need for any additional or change in treatment for this.


Managing a diagnosis of secondary breast cancer can be completely overwhelming.  It can be hard to know where to turn to for support, and even harder to find anyone who really understands what it feels like to live with the diagnosis.


At Breast Cancer Care we provide a number of different services for people living with secondary breast cancer aimed at providing both information and support.


We have a secondary breast cancer area here on the discussion forum  for sharing information and support.  There is also a weekly Live chat session which runs on Tuesdays at 8.30-9.30pm. 


Both services allow people to talk over their experiences and offer support to each other. 


Our face to face Living with Secondary Breast Cancer monthly sessions also give you the chance to meet and share experiences with other people who understand what you’re going through because they’re going through it too.


You can search for current locations dates and planned programmes on the above link or find out more by calling 0845 077 1893 for more information.


Do call our free, confidential Helpline if you would like to talk this through or have any further questions. The number is 0808 800 6000.


Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm and 9am -1pm on Saturday. Out of hours you can leave a message and we will call you back when we next open. 


We are currently reviewing our Forum service and wonder if you would have five to 10 minutes to complete a short survey. The survey will help us gather information about this service and understand more about any improvements we can make.


Best wishes




Breast Cancer Care Nurse


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Re: lymphangitis

Hi Jenna


Thanks for posting your question.


We hope to be able to respond to you tomorrow.


In the meantime our Helpline is open from 9am tomorrow if you would like to talk things through. 


If you do phone our Helpline please let us know that you have asked a question on our forum so that we know your query has been answered. Thank you


With best wishes.




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Good Afternoon


I currently have lung mets - since 2016; i completed treatment of chemo and a parp inhibitor in dec 2017 and decided to have scans only as a measure of growth.  I have 3 lung nodules that measure around 2-3cm each but my scan showed lymphangitis - can anyone give me advice and reassurance about this - I have had a bad dose of sinisitis and laryngitis in feb - could be caused by an infections?


I would really appreciate information of lymphangitis?


Best Wishes

Jenna x