General Information About Breast Cancer
Evidence from randomized trials indicates that periodic follow-up with bone scans, liver sonography, chest x-rays, and blood tests of liver function does not improve survival or quality of life when compared to routine physical examinations.[44,45,46] Even when these tests permit earlier detection of recurrent disease, patient survival is unaffected. Based on these data, some investigators recommend that acceptable follow-up be limited to physical examination and annual mammography for asymptomatic patients who complete treatment for stage I to stage III breast cancer. The frequency of follow-up and the appropriateness of screening tests after the completion of primary treatment for stage I to stage III breast cancer remain controversial.
Other PDQ summaries containing information related to breast cancer include the following:
- Breast Cancer Prevention
- Breast Cancer Screening
- Breast Cancer Treatment and Pregnancy
- Genetics of Breast and Ovarian Cancer
- Male Breast Cancer Treatment
- Unusual Cancers of Childhood Treatment (breast cancer in children)
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