Follow up after treatment for DCIS
After treatment, you’ll have regular check-ups to check both breasts.
If you had a mastectomy without reconstruction, you’ll be seen at the clinic to have the wound checked and your new prosthesis fitted if you’re having one. Women who had radiotherapy or are taking hormonal therapy may be seen by a cancer specialist to monitor any side effects.
Your check-ups will usually be once a year, but this can vary between hospitals. Sometimes, instead of routine appointments, women are asked to contact their specialist or breast care nurse if there’s anything they’re worried about. You’ll be told what to look out for first.
You’ll have yearly mammograms, which will include your unaffected breast, for five years. Even if you had a mastectomy, you’ll still need a yearly mammogram.
It’s also still a good idea to be aware of what’s now normal for you. Your treated breast will feel and look different depending on the treatments you’ve had. Your breast care nurse can tell you what to expect and explain what to look out for.
Your appointments are a good opportunity to talk to your specialist or breast care nurse about any concerns. If you notice any changes in either of your breasts between appointments, contact your specialist or breast care nurse for advice.
If DCIS comes back
After treatment, the risk of DCIS coming back or of an invasive cancer developing is low. If any new problems develop, they’ll usually be picked up very early.
If DCIS comes back or an invasive cancer develops in the same breast, a mastectomy is usually advised. If you haven’t had radiotherapy, it might be possible to remove the area with surgery and then have radiotherapy. Treatment for DCIS that comes back or for early invasive breast cancer that developed from DCIS is usually very successful.