Lung problems are a side effect of some cancer treatments. It's important to look after your lungs, and to tell your doctor if you have any symptoms.
- Some cancer treatments can cause long-term lung problems. These treatments include:
- surgery to the chest
- some chemotherapy drugs, like bleomycin, busulfan, high dose cyclophosphamide and lomustine
- radiotherapy to the chest, including total body irradiation (TBI).
Remember, most people who have these treatments will not get lung problems. Things like having asthma or smoking can increase your risk. But it doesn’t mean you will definitely develop problems.