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Radiation pneumonitis

I had radiation for breast cancer 5 years ago, was diagnosed with RP 5 months later. After Prednisone doseage the inflammation went away but it has returned four times since and now has shown up in the opposite lung. Each time requires high doses of prednisone with gradual weaning and also Imuran. Is it common for this to go on so long? Do I have to anticipate that it will never work itself out? My respirologist said it is unusual for it to be recurring more than once.   

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Radiation Pneumonitis - Definition, Symptoms and Treatment

Radiation pneumonitis is a common side effect of radiation for lung cancer. How can you tell if you may have this condition, and how is it treated?
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Radiation pneumonitis | Radiology Reference Article ...

Radiation pneumonitis is the acute manifestation of radiation-induced lung disease (RILD) and is relatively common following radiotherapy for chest wall or ...
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Treatment for Radiation Pneumonitis - Medscape

Radiation pneumonitis is an inflammatory process affecting the lungs following radiation therapy. This condition develops in 5% to 15% of lung cancer patients ...
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Radiation Treatment and the Lungs - OnHealth

Radiation Treatment and the Lungs. One of the side effects of radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) involves the lungs. When high-energy rays are used to ...
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Pneumonitis Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic

Pneumonitis is a general term for lung inflammation. It can cause difficulty breathing and is often accompanied by a cough.
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Radiation pneumonitis - Canadian Cancer Society

The lung is very sensitive to the effects of radiation. Radiation pneumonitis is inflammation (not infection) of the lung caused by radiation therapy to the chest.
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Radiation Pneumonitis - PubMed Central (PMC)

May 02, 2011 · A 54-year-old woman with a recent diagnosis of a large, surgically unresectable thymoma presented to the ER with shortness of breath, fever and a dry cough.
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Medical Definition of Radiation pneumonitis - MedicineNet

Radiation pneumonitis: Inflammation of the lungs as a result of radiation. Although the radiation can be from various sources including accidents, today it is usually ...
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Radiation-induced lung injury - Wikipedia

Pulmonary radiation injury is a general term for damage to the lungs which occurs as a result of exposure to ionizing radiation. In general terms, such damage is ...
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Radiation Pneumonitis: A Radiation Oncologist’s Perspective ...

Dr. West previously wrote an introductory post about radiation pneumonitis, but this is a common enough problem that it merits further discussion, including input ...
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