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Which test is used to screen for breast cancer in patients who have already had a mastectomy?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Increased chance: Of developing cancer in the other breast, annual mammograms. Also, your doctor will also test for liver and bone spread with blood tests.
Dr. Michael Sabel
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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How do you screen for breast cancer in patients who have already had a mastectomy?

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Dr. Keith Monson
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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