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how soon after finishing radiation therapy for breast cancer should i get a follow-up mammogram?

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Dr. Reza Shirazi
19 years experience Radiation Oncology
3-6 months later: Usually a baseline mammogram is obtained a couple of months after finishing radiation treatments. By then, most of the acute side effects of skin irritation, inflamation from radiation treatments has subsided.
Answered on Feb 18, 2015
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
32 years experience Radiation Oncology
4 to 6 months: The side effects of the skin need to heal and breast heals and any scarring internally improve. That takes 4 to 6 months. Even then that is the baseline mammogram and surgery and radiation changes will be seen. Then future mammograms will show these changes are improving.
Answered on Jun 10, 2015
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Dr. Travis Kidner
16 years experience Surgical Oncology
Varies: I generally get my first mammogram 6 months after surgery of the affected side. This mammogram acts as a new baseline.
Answered on Apr 8, 2013

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