Screening After Treatment
Become familiar with how your breasts feel after surgery. You may feel changes in the breast tissue for several months. Talk with your medical team about how your breast feels, about breast self-exams, and about other plans for screening after your treatment. Knowing the plan for your follow-up care is a good way to be more in charge.
After a lumpectomy, mammograms on both breasts should continue on the schedule recommended by your doctor. After a mastectomy, follow-up screening is done with physical examination of the remaining tissue on the affected side and mammograms on the remaining breast. For women who have had both breasts removed, with or without reconstruction, screening is done with physical examination. Follow-up screening will be up to you and your medical team. The important thing is to have a plan that works for you, and stick to the plan.