Chest X-RAYS

Chest X-RAYS

In breast cancer this test has two primary utility:

  • It is undertaken to evaluate the heart and the lung fitness for treatment course – anesthesia and chemotherapy to be precise.
  • Secondly, this test will easily show if the cancer has spread to the surrounding tissue – lungs.

There are various conditions which warrant the application of this test. If the cancer is invasive in nature and has infected the lungs, a chest x-ray will help determine in the course of the treatment the body’s response to the therapy. Chemotherapy is also given to the breast cancer patient, some patients develop fever during chemotherapy. An X-ray during/post chemotherapy helps in checking for pneumonia. Radiation therapy often leads to the inflammation of the patient’s lungs. The symptoms would include shortness of breath. An x-ray in such cases can help determine inflammation in the lungs.

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