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Re: Cough

Hi Mary 

Thank you for posting 

You first developed a cough in July 2022 following radiotherapy which is still present and causing you to wake during the night.  

Radiotherapy treatment given to the breast or chest wall can cause part of the lung to become inflamed and this may result in breathlessness or a cough. This would be considered a late effect of treatment. Generally, these symptoms resolve over time, how long this takes can vary from person to person.  

It is important to discuss this symptom with your specialist nurse or treatment team They can assess you and may be able to suggest treatments which could help. 

Talking to someone who has had a similar experience can be helpful and our Someone Like Me service can match you with a trained volunteer who’s had a similar experience to you. They'll be a phone call or email away to answer your questions, offer support or simply listen. 

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Hi. I started having a cough in July 22 following radiotherapy. I was was also having Herceptin infusions until sept 22. I was put on a course of Ramipril in July 22 as doc was worried about effect Herceptin was having on my heart. I finished Ramipril end of September. Ramipril made my existing cough worse, however I know this is a common side effect of Ramipril. It is now January 23 and my cough is still here. It wakes me in the night and I’m coughing persistently in the daytime. How long can a cough last after radiotherapy.?  I wasn’t coughing when I had my chemotherapy. My throat is dry and red at the back but is not sore. I just can’t understand why I’m still coughing. Will it ever go away? I shall be making enquiries with my doctor  I am also taking Letrozole but this doesn’t suggest this would give rise to a long-standing persistent cough day and night  


kind Regards