A 44-year-old member asked:
Which test is used to screen for breast cancer in patients who have already had a mastectomy?
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General Surgery 45 years experience
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Surgical Oncology 29 years experience
Physical exam: Physical exam, both self exams and by a doctor, are the best ways to look for recurrence after mastectomy. For women who had reconstruction with a tram or diep flap (not implant), mammogram is sometimes recommended. For women with implants, MRI can be considered but is not routine.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
How do you screen for breast cancer in patients who have already had a mastectomy?
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
General Surgery 23 years experience
Physical exam: The mainstay of surveillance for breast cancer in a mastectomized breast is frequent physical exam by a physician. I examine my patients every 6 months for the first five years after mastectomy. It is also important to continue getting mammograms annually in the non-mastectomized breast.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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