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What is radiation fibrosis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Radiation fibrosis is a scarring of the lungs, breasts, or other tissue or organs, resulting from overexposure to radiation. It is most often related to radiation therapy during cancer treatment. Prolonged exposure to radiation causes the healthy tissue to inflame and eventually scar. Radiation fibrosis is generally considered irreversible, but new treatments are being developed.

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