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cathyhand (@cathyhand)

Do you get routine scans for breast cancer followup?

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

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@cathyhand I wondered if you had some discussion on your follow up. Were you able to get a review scheduled or an explanation for the approach? I have yearly mammograms to check-ins and like others with dense breast tissue, sometimes an MRI or ultrasound is needed for a double-check (scar tissue and what not). Let me tell you that waiting for another scan when they find something is un-nerving. 🙁

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@mbear @cathyhand @roch
Ladies: I recently read an article on Mayo which may be of interest to you. Molecular breast imaging is a test that uses a radioactive tracer and special camera to find breast cancer in women with dense breast tissue and to investigate breast abnormalities. Because it's new, it is not widely available, yet, but is something about which you may wish to inquire.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/molecular-breast-imaging/about/pac-20394710

I had a bi-lateral mastectomy so mammogram is not an option for me. I do have blood work every six months. I have had a couple bone scans but just because I was having issues and some reasons for concern. No other test.

I will not have any scans unless symptoms. I do have blood work every 6 months. It just bothers me that we cannot have regulars bone scans or CT scans at least once a year. Doc said that they can be harmful over time but undetected cancer can kill you, seems that Trump's other. My Ortho doc said cancer shows up in bone scan 6 months before symptoms and that oncologist just don't want to be bothered running down every little problem that might show up in a scan. To me time is life. Many other types of cancers have regular scans to check for metastis, guess I don't understand why not with BC since it kills thousands yearly.