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Old 02-11-2020, 11:55 AM   #1
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For early stage bc, how are you being monitored?


If you are at stage 0 or 1, what method (tumor marker, imaging, clinical exam, or ???) and frequency (quarterly, semi-annually, annually, or ???) are used to monitor for relapse?


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Old 02-11-2020, 05:21 PM   #2
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Re: For early stage bc, how are you being monitored?

I was stage 1A and my oncologist doesn't do testing unless the patient is symptomatic. I have had concerns about things in the past though and she ordered testing to alleviate any concerns (real or imagined). I was going in to see her every six months until last year when I graduated to seeing a nurses practioner once a year, starting next month.
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Old 07-30-2020, 11:43 AM   #3
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Re: For early stage bc, how are you being monitored?

I was seeing my ONC for 6 years then wanted me to come back only for symptoms. I did that for 2 years, now I see the NP every year just to keep tabs on this ugly disease. Though I only receive breast exams no other testing, unless there are symptoms
Dx: 2005 (pre-men, age 46) IDC Stage 1, no nodes
ER/PR -, Her2 +++
Lumpectomy with sential nodes negative
Chemo ACT, Rads, Herceptin for 10 months
Genetic testing 2008 BRACA 2 positive
Oopthectomy in 2008
Bilateral Mastectomy 2010, Reconstruction with expanders then silicone implants.
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