long term follow-up

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The aim of follow up is three fold:

  • to detect local recurrence
  • to detect disease in the other breast
  • to ensure that a close eye is kept on first degree relatives particularly if the patient is pre-menopausal

Regular clinical examination and mammography are recommended. Follow up should be arranged according to the type of surgery performed.

After breast conservation surgery, recurrence occurs at a fixed rate each year and the patient should be reviewed every 6 months. For mastectomy however, recurrence decreases with time and thus after 2 years of 6 monthly follow up, the patient may be reviewed annually.

Last reviewed 01/2018