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A 23-year-old female asked:

After completion of 6 cycles of chemo and mastectomy for early stage triple neg invasive carsinoma how to know there is no more cancer cells in body?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Your oncologist can: Your oncologist can address this question better. Although there is no reliable test for detecting residual breast cancer cells in the body, there are many ways doctors monitor for any future recurrence. The response to chemotherapy given before mastectomy can guide you and your doctor. The prognosis is based on stage of the tumor and also if the tumor responded to chemotherapy in case they could.
Dr. Gus Gonzalez
Medical Oncology 24 years experience
No specific test: The goal of chemotherapy after surgery is to reduce the risk of cancer coming back. This hopefully is done by the chemotherapy killing any cells that might have spread before surgery. No specific test to check for cells left behind but the further go without it coming back the more likely there are no more cancer cells in your body.

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Last updated Feb 22, 2014

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