Thanks for posting.
It’s natural to worry following a diagnosis of breast cancer.
Your treatment team will have considered many different factors when deciding the most appropriate treatment for you. As you mention these would have included your pre-existing health conditions as well as, specific characteristics of your cancer.
How you are followed up after treatment depends on your individual needs and the arrangements at the hospital where you were treated.
Depending on the surgery you had you should usually be offered regular mammograms, However, you won’t usually have other routine scans and tests unless you have symptoms that need checking. Several large studies have shown having regular scans when there are no symptoms is not useful in finding recurrence and doesn’t improve overall survival.
After treatment for breast cancer it’s important to be aware of any new changes to your breasts, chest or surrounding area and report these to your GP as soon as possible.
Many people are surprised at how emotional they feel when their treatment finishes. Adapting to life after treatment can be difficult and often the need for information and support continues. You may be interested in our resources that are particularly for those who have come to the end of their main hospital treatment.
Our mobile app Becca provides information, tips and inspiration to help you move forward. The easy-to-use cards give you bite-size information on everything from managing menopausal symptoms to strategies for coping with anxiety. Categories include diet, exercise, mindfulness and body image. You can also read personal stories from people like you who are adjusting to life beyond breast cancer treatment.
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I had DCIS and invasive breast cancer in 2016. The cancer was HER+ and ER+. The DCIS was extensive but the tumour was small - only 10mm. Due to other health problems, Multiple Sclerosis, osteoporosis, sickle cell, spondylosis, low body weight, my consultant felt that chemo with herceptin wasn't the best option for me. Sentinel nodes were checked and clear. 11 months later I found a lump in my armpit, 10mm, and unfortunately it contained micromets. Again the lymph node was HER+ and ER+. I did not have chemo with herceptin for the same reasons as previously. My consultant said that finding axillary node cancer after a clear sentinel node biopsy was very rare - only happens in 3% of cases.
Herceptin has been classed as the wonder drug for HER+ cancer but I did not have this. Should I be worried and should I be having regular scans and check ups. Or am I just being silly? Thanks for letting me offload my concerns.