Breast Cancer 2

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Women who have been treated successfully for breast cancer sometimes have to face the harsh prospect of a recurrence. Dr. Edward Hill discusses this topic in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Breast cancer can recur at any time, but most occur in the first three to five years after initial treatment. Breast cancer can return locally in the treated breast, near a mastectomy scar or somewhere else in the body. The most common sites of recurrence outside the breast include the lymph nodes, the bones, liver or lungs.

If youve been treated for breast cancer, you should continue to practice breast self-examination each month, checking both the treated area and your other breast. You should report any changes to your doctor right away.

In addition to performing monthly breast self-exams, keep your scheduled follow-up appointments with your health care provider. During these appointments, your health care provider will perform a breast exam, order lab or imaging tests as needed, and ask you about any symptoms you might have. The longer you are cancer-free, the less often you will need to see your health care provider.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.