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I have finished treatment for stages 3 breast cancer. How often should I be tested to ensure the cancer hasn't returned?

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Dr. Raymundo Romero
Internal Medicine - Oncology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Follow up important

Talk to your oncologist.
I tend to see patients every 3 months for physical and labs. Sooner if any concern arises.

In brief: Follow up important

Talk to your oncologist.
I tend to see patients every 3 months for physical and labs. Sooner if any concern arises.
Dr. Raymundo Romero
Dr. Raymundo Romero
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Dr. Shelby Terstriep
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Care plan

The follow up plan for breast cancer is a good history and physical every 3-6 months for the first 2 years then every 6 months until 5 years then yearly.
It is not recommended to do a lot of scans as survival is equivalent for patients we routinely scan versus those that we follow as recommend above. A mammogram is recommended on affected breast 6 months after radiation then yearly.

In brief: Care plan

The follow up plan for breast cancer is a good history and physical every 3-6 months for the first 2 years then every 6 months until 5 years then yearly.
It is not recommended to do a lot of scans as survival is equivalent for patients we routinely scan versus those that we follow as recommend above. A mammogram is recommended on affected breast 6 months after radiation then yearly.
Dr. Shelby Terstriep
Dr. Shelby Terstriep
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Ken Starnes
General Practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Ask your oncologist

Your oncologist will lay out your follow up schedule.

In brief: Ask your oncologist

Your oncologist will lay out your follow up schedule.
Ken Starnes
Ken Starnes
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