What is included in the long-term monitoring of phyllodes tumor (cystosarcoma phyllodes)?

Updated: Jul 23, 2019
  • Author: Donald R Lannin, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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Although specific guidelines regarding follow-up care for phyllodes tumors are limited because of the rarity of these lesions, regular, long-term follow-up care should be performed to detect possible local recurrences.

An initial visit 1-2 weeks after surgery to detect any initial complications should be followed by periodic visits as determined by the patient's surgeon. A reasonable schedule might be physical examinations every 6 months and mammograms yearly for at least 5 years. Carefully observe patients for any possible recurrence.


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