I began to have chest heaviness and tightness with breathing about the last week of radiation. I kept thinking I was getting a cold and it was the beginning of chest congestion. Didn't say much and resting it felt ok. However, when walking or doing any major movement I would get winded. Went to the oncologist and the Pulse Ox resting was 97 but as soon as they WALKED me down the hallway it shot down to 85. CT lung scan with contrast did not show anything and my lung capacity testing came back normal too. All blood work seems fine....what else can this be? Oncologist has me getting in to a Pulmonologist but can't get in until December.
Other info: 39 year old physically active female; radiation and NO chemo for in situ breast cancer; did have two herceptin IV's for clinical trials I am invovled with
I am sorry to hear you are experiencing this problem..
However, guestions in this forum are answered by survivors and other volunteers generally not identified as medical professionals. We are unable, therefore, to provide additional suggestions, since you have already taken the appropriate steps by bringing this problem to the attention of your oncologist, and are now shceduled to see a pulmonologist.
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