Post-treatment testing for recurrence?

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Question from Fiona2: What is the normal testing post-treatment to check for recurrence?
Answers - Gabriel N. Hortobagyi, M.D., F.A.C.P. For most breast cancers, the follow-up is based on history and physical examination about ever 4-5 months after diagnosis, then every 3-6 months for the next 3 years or so, and yearly thereafter. In addition, one should do a mammogram of the remaining breast tissue once a year. For inflammatory breast cancer, probably the only consideration is that recurrences tend to happen early, within the first 2 years or so, and because it is a more aggressive disease, one might want to consider more frequent visits for examinations. But there is no need for imaging of the brain, liver, or lungs at this point.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Inflammatory Breast Cancer featured Gabriel Hortobagyi, M.D., Thomas Buchholz, M.D., and moderator Jennifer Sabol, M.D. answering your questions about inflammatory breast cancer, a rare but aggressive form of breast cancer.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in October 2006.

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