After treatment, you will have regular check-ups with your doctor or contact with your breast care nurse.

Having check-ups

After treatment, you will have regular check-ups with your doctor or contact with your breast care nurse. At first, your check-ups may be every few months. But eventually you may have them once a year.

If you notice any new symptoms between appointments, it is important to contact your doctor or nurse for advice. They will give you contact numbers, so you do not have to wait until your next appointment.

Instead of routine appointments, your breast care nurse may give you information on what to look out for. They will ask you to contact them or your cancer specialist if there is anything you are worried about.

Some men may have their follow-up appointments at a nurse-led clinic. They only see their cancer specialist if something needs to be checked further.

Many men find they get anxious for a while before 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 may look and feel different. This will depend on the treatment you have had. It is a good idea to be aware of what is now normal for you.

Your breast care nurse can tell you what you should expect and what to look out for. It is also important to know what to look out for in your untreated breast area.

If you notice anything unusual between appointments, contact your cancer specialist or breast care nurse straight away.


Lymphoedema is a swelling of the arm or hand. It sometimes happens after surgery or radiotherapy to the lymph nodes in the armpit. It usually develops slowly, months or years after treatment.

Lymphoedema is more likely to happen if all, or many, of your lymph nodes were removed. Having radiotherapy to the armpit as well as surgery increases the risk.

If just one or two of the lymph nodes were removed (a sentinel lymph node biopsy), the risk of lymphoedema is low. If you are not sure about what type of lymph node surgery you had, your breast care nurse can tell you.

If you notice any swelling in your arm, hand or chest, always ask your doctor or nurse to check it. The earlier lymphoedema is diagnosed, the easier it is to manage and treat successfully.


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