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Dyspnea and Hemoptysis in a 53-Year-Old Woman With a History of Breast Cancer

John R. Koethe, MD; Alex Y. Chang, MD
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*From the Department of Infectious Diseases (Dr. Koethe), Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN; and Department of Oncology (Dr. Chang), Johns Hopkins Singapore International Medical Centre, Singapore.

Correspondence to: John Koethe, MD, Department of Infectious Diseases, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, South Twenty-First Ave and Garland Ave, Nashville, TN 37232; e-mail: john.r.koethe@vanderbilt.edu



Chest. 2008;133(5):1248-1251. doi:10.1378/chest.07-2188
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A 53-year-old woman presented to her primary physician with the complaint of a new, progressive cough accompanied by wheezing and dyspnea over a period of 1 month. She had a history of stage 1 breast adenocarcinoma diagnosed 13 years earlier, treated with a right modified radical mastectomy and 7 months of adjuvant chemotherapy. Ten years later, she had a recurrence of her cancer in the bilateral supraclavicular lymph nodes, and she was treated with three courses of chemotherapy and radiation with complete remission. Subsequent follow-up visits showed no evidence of recurrence.

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