Follow-up treatment for breast cancer in women
After treatment, you’ll usually have regular check-ups and yearly mammograms. Your appointments will be every few months at first, but eventually they may be once a year.
Appointments are a good opportunity for you to talk to your doctor or nurse about any concerns you have. But if you notice any new symptoms between appointments, you can contact your doctor or nurse for advice.
Instead of routine appointments, some women are given information on what to look out for by their breast care nurse. They are asked to contact their nurse or cancer specialist if there’s anything they’re worried about. Some women may have their follow-up appointments at a nurse-led clinic and only see their cancer specialist if something needs to be checked further.
Many women find they get anxious for a while before the appointments. This is natural. It can help to get support from family, friends or a support organisation. You can also contact the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00.
Although you’ll have yearly mammograms, it’s still a good idea to be aware of what’s now normal for you. Your treated breast will look and feel different depending on the treatment you’ve had.
Your breast care nurse can tell you what you should expect and what to look out for. It’s also important to be aware of what to look out for in your untreated breast.
If you notice anything unusual between appointments, contact your cancer specialist or breast care nurse straight away.