After you complete your chemotherapy treatment, your doctor will schedule follow-up visits — usually every four to six months at first and then less frequently the longer you remain cancer-free. This is to monitor you for long-term side effects and to check for recurrence of the breast cancer. Tests and procedures during follow-up care include:
- Asking you how you feel, including any new symptoms or physical problems you have
- Physical exam, including breast exam
- Yearly mammogram
- Bone density testing
Tests such as tumor marker tests, liver function tests, bone scans and chest X-rays generally aren't recommended unless there is a specific need. Additional imaging tests are typically needed only when a recurrence is suspected or new symptoms or physical exam findings warrant.
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