What are recommendations for surveillance following surgery for 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 surveillance include baseline postoperative mammography of both breasts or of the remaining breast at 6 months and tapered clinical visits. The suggested frequency of clinical assessment during the first 2 years is every 4 months; every 6 months up to the fifth year; then annually for the remainder of the patient's lifetime. Mammography and chest radiographs should also be performed annually. Further workup is not indicated in the absence of suggestive symptoms such as bone pain, headache, or findings on annual routine laboratory chemistry panels.

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