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.
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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.