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Some chemotherapy drugs can affect the lungs (pulmonary toxicity). The exact effect of chemotherapy drugs that cause lung problems is not fully known. It may be that the drugs cause inflammationinflammationThe body’s protective response to injury or infection that includes redness, swelling, pain and warmth of the affected area. in the lung cells that result in a lung infection (pneumonitis). The drugs may also cause fibrous, scar-like tissue to form in the lungs (pulmonary fibrosis) and restrict lung function.
Lung damage is often related to the dose of the drugs used. Usually, the higher the dose, the greater the lung damage. Some chemotherapy drugs that are known to cause lung damage are:
Lung damage occurs more often in people who:
Symptoms of lung damage include:
Symptoms can occur during treatment with chemotherapy or a few months after treatment ends. Damage to the lung tissue is usually not reversible.
Changes to lung tissue may be detected with:
Since lung damage is usually not reversible, measures are taken to detect it early. If lung damage occurs, the dose of the drug may be lowered or the drug may be stopped altogether to prevent further damage.
When shortness of breath occurs, it may be treated with:
People can cope with shortness of breath by:
For more detailed information on specific drugs, go to sources of drug information.
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