After treatment for breast cancer in men

After treatment, you may have regular check-ups. Your appointments may be every few months at first, but eventually they may be once a year.

Appointments are a good time to talk to your doctor or nurse about any concerns you have. If you notice any new symptoms, you can contact your doctor or nurse between your appointments for advice.

Sometimes, instead of routine appointments, some men are given information by their breast care nurse on what to look out for. They are asked to contact their cancer specialist or nurse if there’s anything they’re worried about. Some men may attend follow up at a nurse-led clinic and only see their cancer doctor if something needs to be checked further.

You may also need to see your specialist or GP if you’re having ongoing treatment with hormonal therapy, or if you have any treatment side effects that haven’t gone away.

Many men find they get anxious for a while before the appointments. This is natural. It can help to get support from family, friends or a specialist organisation. You can also contact the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00.

Be aware of changes

The treated side of your chest will look and feel different depending on the treatment you’ve had. It’s a good idea to be aware of what’s now normal for you

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.

Men check other parts of their anatomy but not their breasts. If they spot a problem, they should go to their GP. I don’t see what the stigma is.

Steve