Do Cancer Survivors Get Mammograms?
Researchers Find Breast Cancer Survivors Aren't Always Getting Screened
Oncologist and breast cancer specialist Kathryn Edmiston, MD, says her relationship with patients does not end with treatment. She believes this is important because nonspecialists may not have the time to address the specific needs of breast cancer survivors.
"If you have 20 minutes with your primary care provider, the breast cancer you were treated for five or 10 years ago may not be what you discuss."
But the treatment of a host of conditions women face as they age, including menopause-related hot flashes and osteoporosis, may be different for breast cancer survivors.
Edmiston continues to see patients annually for the rest of their lives or until they decide to end the relationship. The practice is considered the standard of care at UMass Memorial Hospital, where she works.
"Women who have been treated for breast cancer remain at risk, and they should be followed by their oncologist for as long as they need to be," she says.