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Do you get routine scans for breast cancer followup?

Breast Cancer | Last Active: Apr 29, 2020 | Replies (13)

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@baker1

Cathyhand I have worried about this too. My cancer center is nationally recognized so I trust them to a point. I was told no tests or scans without specific symptoms. I asked my PC doctor this question; how do they know if something is not right if they don’t check for it. I’m specifically concerned about possible lung or heart damage from left breast radiation. She did an EKG and a chest X-ray.
Results show that I have a small amount of fluid in my left lung and a small “blip” on the EKG. My insurance denied a chest ct that the PC ordered. I cancelled the cardiologist appointment over the covivid-19 concerns. At this point I’m not sure if I will be able to make my next oncologist appointment in late May.

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@baker1 By any chance, does your facility have video visits or doctor e-mail? If they do, you can always ask the cardiologist questions that way. Of note also, sometimes you can push further with insurance company for them to take a second look at your request. Usually people don't follow through when first denied – it pays to try further.