Can your breast cancer come back?
Full article: https://health.usnews.com/wellness/articles/2017-03-28/can-my-breast-cancer-come-back
Elaine Howley’s piece for US News & World Report, “Can My Breast Cancer Come Back?” examines a common misperception that many breast cancer patients have after completing treatment, and explains what can actually occur. (7/25/17)
National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines recommend regular physical exams and mammography after breast cancer treatment is completed:
- Physical exam 1 to 4 times a year in the first 5 years and annually thereafter.
- Mammography starting 6 months after radiation treatment and then annually.
- Discuss any changes to family history of cancer and genetic testing with your health care provider and consider genetic counseling if warranted.
- Learn about and monitor for lymphedema (lymph fluid accumulation).
Questions To Ask Your Health Care Provider
- How can I reduce my risk of recurrence?
- Given my breast cancer, what are my chances of relapse?
- What are the best ways I can be monitored for relapse?
- What are the signs or symptoms of relapse for my breast cancer?
- How often should I have follow-up exams or mammography?
- Can you provide me with a survivorship care plan?
FORCE is a national nonprofit organization, established in 1999. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by adult hereditary cancers.