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My Dr. doesn't do any follow up scans and just waits until you have symptoms. My daughter said that all of her friends and their relatives had follow up scans once a year. What do your drs. do--scans or no scans?? Thanks in advance for answering.

Jennifer Jones Profile
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Patient almost 7 years
 
  • Cheryl Wornham Profile
    anonymes
    Étude du cancer du sein
    I get blood test every 6 months I also get mamos every 6 months Then go every 6 months for dr. Appointments Haven't had any scans I never asked either
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
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    Survivant depuis 2007
    Jennifer, My onc. was the same way.... blood tests only. I REQUESTED/DEMANDED a yearly MRI. I have to pay for it but it buys me peace of mind. I would not want a PET or CAT scan because it is a lot of radiation but an MRI.... not. As for the contrast dye, they told me they are using something different last time I had the MRI. If you have any kind of kidney problems, they can't use it so they do a blood test for kidney function before the test. I have a breast remaining so worry I could develop cancer in that one. I have a mammogram once a year and the MRI 6 months after the mammogram. You have to do what gives you reassuance and peace of mind. Take care, Sharon
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  • Ali S Profile
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    Survivant depuis 2011
    I go every three months for a check in but no scans. I have to go this much bc my tumor was triple negative which, In the past, was more likely to recur. I have a mammogram each year although its only been 1.5 years. Get a second opinion if you really feel uncomfortable
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    • Jennifer Jones Profile
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      Patient

      Ali, I'm triple negative also. That is one reason I was wondering. Do you start counting being a survivor after dx or after treatment?

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    • Ali S Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      I started counting at diagnosis. I trust my onc with my 3 month checks.

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  • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
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    Survivant depuis 2003
    I had mammograms every three months the first year then every 6 months on the third year graduated to yearly mammograms I also have blood test every 3-4 months monitoring blood count and liver enzymes .... Glad I had frequent mammograms as I did have a reoccurrence and it was caught at an early stage just requiring further surgery.
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  • Life is Good! Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2003
    The fear of reoccurrence is always with us. I do not get routine scans, but my oncologist has ordered scans when I have reported things that were of concern. Thankfully, tests results were good. You know your body best. Tell you doctor if you have unusual pain, vision issues, find a lump, have extreme fatigue, etc. Meanwhile. Have a wonderful life and try not to let the dear of cancer steal your joy!
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  • Jk Joyce Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    No scans just mammogram every six months. I have to get one Monday.
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  • Mary Chase Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    My onc said he will do blood tests and no scans unless otherwise indicated. Radiation from scans will build up in one's body and is not good and one can develop problems with the contrast used in an MRI.
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    No scans per md unless a problem. Supposedly this is a national comprehensive cancer guideline. What blood tests do you all have?
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  • anonymous Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 1 Patient
    My doctor does blood tests but no scans unless I report symptoms.
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    anonymous
    Patient
    No scans for me either.
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    Stage 2A Patient
    Does anyone know what exactly the blood tests are looking for? What things in blood are they testing that are cancer red flags?
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      Survivant depuis 2003

      Tamoxifen may cause liver problems so that is why they monitor your liver enzymes. The first few blood test I had were to get baseline information with cholesterol, lipids , hepatitis , thyroid function, diabetes. Now blood test are routine...

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      Tamoxifen may cause liver problems so that is why they monitor your liver enzymes. The first few blood test I had were to get baseline information with cholesterol, lipids , hepatitis , thyroid function, diabetes. Now blood test are routine complete blood count with diff. RBC, WBC (checking for infection) hemoglobin and hematicrit (checking for anemia) platelet count And liver enzymes (SGOT, SGPT. Total protein bilirubin ).

      I have had elevated liver enzymes since starting tamoxifen as they continue to go up Even after being switched to arimidex which is suppose to be kinder to your liver So am now having a work up for liver disorders. Good news is MRI was negative. But because of my cancer history doctors want to make sure no stone is left unturned. I always say better to be monitored closely so if there is anything brewing it is caught early.

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  • jennifer lewis Profile
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    Survivant depuis 2009
    The 1st two years, PET and mammo twice a year. After the 3rd year, all once a year til I hit 5 years. After that just yearly mammo. I have had 1 MRI since finishing treatment 3 1/2 years ago. The scans are a pain but I do have more peace of mind.
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    • Jennifer Jones Profile
      anonymous
      Patient

      Jennifer, did your insurance pay for it??

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    • jennifer lewis Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      yes. except of course for my deductible, which at the time was quite high. i have a lot of medical bills, but fortunately as long as i send something (even if it's just $10 a month) no one complains.

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  • Sheryl Love Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    I see my onc every three months for two years, then every six months. It gives me piece of mind that she follows her patients so closely. I don't know what she does for follow up during the appointment because my first three month is April 5th. I will just be finishing up radiation that same week. I can't wait for life to be halfway normal again!
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    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Ct scan on my chest with contras every three months found something on my lungs to small to do anything about it just keep a close eye see if it grows. IJ
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  • B R Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    Blood tests but no scans.
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