Breast Cancer, Metastatic or Recurrent - Exams and Tests
After you've been treated for breast cancer the first time, you will have regular checkups to be sure that the cancer has not returned. You and your doctor will talk about how often you will need checkups. Your checkups may include a physical exam, a clinical breast exam (CBE), or a mammogram. An
MRI of the breast may also be used.
If your doctor thinks that breast cancer has come back or spread, you may have other tests, including:
- Blood tests, such as a
complete blood count (CBC). These help find the cause of symptoms such as fatigue,
weakness, fever, bruising, or weight loss.
- Tissue tests, such as a biopsy.
- Imaging studies, such as abdominal ultrasound, bone scan, chest X-ray, CT scan, or
For more information on exams and tests, see the topic
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 22, 2012
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