• Has anyone developed fluid in their lungs during radiation?

    Asked by Maxine on Sunday, October 7, 2012

    Has anyone developed fluid in their lungs during radiation?

    As I was having radiation for both my breast and endometrial cancers the othern day, I found it difficult to breathe. I was painfully gasping for breath! When I finuished treatment I was pushed by wheelchair to the ER (where they thought I was havijng a heart attack). It turns out that I had fluid in my lungs. I am OK now, but frightened that this will happen again!

    2 Answers from the Community

    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      That sounds like a scary incident. Be patient someone here will come along with information about that. Myself, I have had radiation in the chest/throat area in two of three cancer diagnoses, and I did not have that problem.

      There are lots of great helpful people here with a wealth of information to help you.

      Thanks for being here and posting!

      Greg P
      3X survivor
      Team WhatNext

      over 8 years ago
    • ImStillHere's Avatar

      I developed pleurisy about half way during radiation treatment for breast cancer. For me it involved sudden chest, back and throat pain, due to inflammation of the lining of the lungs and chest, and fluid in the chest cavity. My heart rate zoomed up, I had trouble breathing, and by the time I went to the ER I had spiked a fever and my blood chemistry was all wonky. They kept me in the hospital overnight and ran tests to rule out heart problems and blood clots. I was better the next day, but had annoying pain between my shoulder blades for a while. Lying on a heating pad combined with a mild prescription painkiller was very helpful. Like you, I was scared that it would happen again, but I finished radiation without any further incidences.

      over 8 years ago

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