What are recommendations for longer-term monitoring following the surgical treatment of breast cancer?

Updated: Feb 13, 2019
  • Author: Mary Jo Wright, MD; Chief Editor: James Neal Long, MD, FACS  more...
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Recommendations for longer-term follow-up are as follows:

  • Baseline postoperative mammography of both breasts or of the remaining breast at 6 months

  • Clinical assessment every 4 months during the first 2 years, every 6 months up to the fifth year, and then annually for the remainder of the patient’s lifetime

  • Annual mammography and chest radiography

  • No further workup except as indicated by the development of suggestive symptoms such as bone pain, headache, or abnormal findings on annual routine laboratory chemistry panels


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