Fear of Getting Cancer Again (Recurrence, Relapse)

 

Breast  Cancer SurvivorIt is important to remember that after a breast cancer is removed, a patient may receive chemotherapy, radiation, or anti-hormonal therapy. These treatments are to decrease the chance of the breast cancer returning either in the breast or some other part of the body. However, these treatments are not perfect and cancer may still return. Cancer cells have a mind of their own and ultimately no one can predict what they will do.

“How is a recurrence or metastasis found?

Breast cancer can recur at the original site (called recurrence or local recurrence), as well as spread to other parts of the body (called metastasis or distant recurrence).

Local recurrence is usually found during a mammogram or a physical exam, either by a health care provider or by yourself. Metastasis is usually found when symptoms are noticed and reported during follow-up office visits.

Blood and imaging tests (other than mammography or digital mammography) are not good ways to detect recurrence or metastasis and are not a standard part of follow-up care.

Risk of recurrence or metastasis

Breast cancer can recur at the original site (called recurrence or local recurrence), as well as spread to other parts of the body (called metastasis or distant recurrence). Getting regular medical care after treatment is the best thing you can to do ensure any recurrence is found early when it is most treatable.”

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Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris was born in Europe but has lived in the US for many years. He attended college both in Europe and the US and completed medical school at the University of Texas. Residency and fellowship in oncology was completed at Baylor. Read More...
Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton

Dr. Chris Charlton