Follow-up assessment

After treatment, you’ll have regular check-ups. If you are below screening age, you will have yearly mammograms until you enter an NHS Breast Screening Programme. If you are already having screening, you will have a mammogram every year for 5–10 years and then go back to three-yearly screening. If you are over the screening age, you can choose to have regular screening. You won’t receive an invitation letter, but you can contact your local screening clinic to arrange it.

After your surgery or radiotherapy, your follow-up appointments may be every few months at first, but eventually are likely to 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 an organisation that can offer help. You can also contact the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00.

Breast awareness

Although you’ll have yearly mammograms for 5–10 years, 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.

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 will usually be picked up very early.

If DCIS comes back or an invasive cancer develops in the same breast, you’ll usually be advised to have a mastectomy. 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 develops after treatment for DCIS is usually very successful.

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After treatment for DCIS

You’ll have regular check-ups after treatment for DCIS and advice about what to look out for.