Contact Us

October 22, 2012

Breast Cancer Radiation BOOP- Epler Pneumonia Alert

Gary R. Epler, M.D.

Breast Cancer Awareness: A strange lung disease called BOOP [bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia] may develop in some women who have had radiation treatment for breast cancer. It may be a funny sounding name, but I discovered this disease several years ago, and it can be serious or even lethal if not diagnosed and treated with the right medicine. 

BOOP is inflammation of the lungs. The BO in BOOP is “bronchiolitis obliterans” which means the small bronchiole airways are filled with inflammation. The OP in BOOP is “organizing pneumonia” which means the lungs are filled with inflammation. BOOP is often called Epler’s pneumonia.

In most situations, the cause is unknown, but sometimes BOOP occurs among women who have had radiation treatment for breast cancer. This type of BOOP usually occurs from three months to six months after the radiation treatment is completed. There may be no symptoms, but cough, fever, and shortness of breath are common. The lung examination is usually normal. The chest x-ray or computer scan shows hazy shadows, and surprisingly, usually in the lower lungs away from the radiation field. This type of BOOP is almost always curable with the powerful anti-inflammatory corticosteroid medication, or “steroids.” Fortunately, in some women, this type of BOOP can be closely monitored without medication and resolves over time. In conclusion, if pneumonia occurs during the first year after radiation treatment, it could be BOOP.

"BOOP: You’re the Boss" in paperback and eBook

www.eplerhealth.com


2017/02/23

Susan Hill said:

Hi, i had breast cancer and radiation in jan. 2014. I developed boop and am now in my 4 th attempt to get off prednisone. The first 3 tries, when the does got to a certain number (?) the boop came back. They now have me down sizing .5 a month. Bummer.

2017/02/23

Dr. Gary Epler said:

Susan,

BOOP may occur in some women who have had radiation therapy for breast cancer. The BOOP may occur in the same location as the radiation treatment, but often occurs in the opposite lung. There are usually minimal symptoms.

Fortunately, if this is radiation BOOP, treatment is usually effective over time. The smallest effective dose for the least amount of time is usually given.

Ask you lung specialist questions about the diagnosis and the treatment plan until you understand the answers. This will help you manage the situation as well as possible.

I wish you good health and best wishes for success with your pulmonary condition.

Gary R. Epler, M.D.
Boston

2020/07/23

buy cialis online without prescription said:

review cialis professional ReleReurce https://acialisd.com/# – buy generic cialis online safely Coinsmog Macrobid Antibiotic Website Need No Physician Approval Editteesmist buy cialis online canadian pharmacy weefflulty Costo Priligy Dapoxetina

2020/08/22

cheap cialis from india said:

Orlistat 60 Mg Fluink https://cialiser.com/ – Cialis Icocaissar Pharmacybiz hadync buy cialis online forum Alibiore No Prescription Cheapest Viagra

2021/04/15

zithromax zpak said:

azythromax https://zithromaxes.com/ zithromax used for

2021/04/17

buy vardenafil said:

buy vardenafil over the counter online https://vegavardenafil.com/ vardenafil price

2021/04/19

sildenafil 75 mg said:

can you buy sildenafil over the counter in uk https://eunicesildenafilcitrate.com/ sildenafil in usa

2021/04/21

pfizer viagra canada pharmistry said:

canada viagra scam https://canadaviagrastore.com/ what is the brand name for the generic drug for viagra in canada

2021/04/24

how much alprostadil vials cost said:

injectable ed medicine https://alprostadildrugs.com/ aprostadil

2021/04/24

tadalafil online said:

generic tadalafil https://elitadalafill.com/ order tadalafil

2021/05/01

how to buy teva sob for viagra in canada said:

viagra canada over the counter https://canadaviagrastore.com/ viagra sale canada

2021/05/03

dapoxetine said:

buy priligy uk dapoxetine hydrochloride

2021/05/07

chloroquine generic said:

clorquine https://chloroquineorigin.com/ choroquine

2021/05/16

avanafil said:

avana drug avana india

2021/05/22

keworse said:

cialis online

2021/05/24

cyclomune said:

buy cyclosporine uk Cyclomune eye drops 0.05%

2021/06/03

tadalafil tablets ip said:

best research tadalafil prescription tadalafil online what is tadalafil

2021/06/04

generic cialis said:

tadalafil vs cialis reviews generic cialis tadalafil troche

2021/06/04

chloroquine autophagy said:

hydroxychloriquine aralen price usa does hydroxychloroquine cause heart problems

2021/06/06

covid 19 who said:

chloroquine tab generic hydroxychloroquine chloroquine amazon

2021/06/08

vardenafil vs tadalafil said:

is tadalafil and cialis the same thing sildenafil versus tadalafil tadalafil price at walmart

2021/06/08

keworse said:

canadian pharmacy lasix pills

Leave a comment