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Old 06-08-2011, 08:40 PM   #6
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Re: After Herceptin

Hi Helen,

Congratulations on completing your Herceptin treatment today! Perhaps both oncologists (Rarebird's and yours) are familiar with the study cited below:

Curr Oncol Rep. 2008 Jan;10(1):38-46.
Breast cancer follow-up in the adjuvant setting.

Khatcheressian J, Swainey C.
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Division of Hematology/Oncology and Palliative Care, Massey Cancer Center of Virginia Commonwealth University, PO Box 980230, 1101 East Marshall Street, Richmond, VA 23298, USA. jkhatche@vcu.edu

Abstract

Breast cancer may recur through 15 years and beyond after diagnosis; thus, breast cancer patients require long-term follow-up after adjuvant treatment to detect recurrent disease.

History taking, physical examination, and regular mammography are still the foundation of appropriate breast cancer follow-up in the adjuvant setting. Clearly, breast MRI has a role in certain high-risk patients, but in moderate-risk patients, the decision to use MRI must be based on the complexity of the clinical scenario.

Other routine imaging studies (CT, positron emission tomography, and bone scans) and laboratory testing--including tumor marker assessments--in asymptomatic patients have not demonstrated an improvement in survival, quality of life, toxicity, or cost-effectiveness.

Survivorship issues are also an inherent part of breast cancer follow-up; physicians should make every effort to address supportive care issues unique to breast cancer survivors including hot flashes, bone health, neuropathy, and risk-reduction strategies.
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