Are lung metastases visible on a chest X-ray?

28 July 2022

The lungs are the second most common site of secondary breast cancer and presenting symptoms of lung metastases can be vague. Common symptoms such as cough, chest pain and shortness of breath have many different causes.

A chest X-ray is a useful examination however, it will not recognise hilar or mediastinal nodal disease. A negative chest X-ray should not be used to conclude that there are no lung metastases, and should be viewed as a rule-in investigation, not a rule-out investigation.

Healthcare professionals can access the ‘Breast Cancer Recurrence’ course when they log in or register for a free GatewayC account.

This course will support you to:

  • Increase awareness of symptoms of breast cancer recurrence – local, regional, and secondary
  • Understand different patterns of recurrence in different tumour types
  • Increase confidence in decision-making about referring suspected recurrence of breast cancer
  • Explore ways in which psychological support can be offered to patients fearing a recurrence

Find out more:

  • Access GatewayC’s ‘Breast Cancer Recurrence’ course here
  • Access Breast Cancer Now’s secondary breast cancer in the lung resources here
  • Read GatewayC’s ‘Are bone metastases visible on an X-ray?’ Cancer Key here

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