Feb 02, 2011 - 1:24 pm
I'm confused. I recognize that follow-up is different for different types and grades of breast cancer, but I have no idea what what is typical for my early stage bc. I've finished chemo and radiation. I'm IDC Stage 1, Grade 2, ER/PR+, HER-2 -, oncotype 31. Now what?
I last saw my medical oncologist 6 weeks after radiation was completed. She started me on Arimidex. I see her again tomorrow (a little over 6 weeks after last visit) to see how I'm doing on it and to get started on a biphosphonate. I have no idea what other follow up to expect or ask her about. She has never mentioned scans (nor have I ever had any except prior to radiation), tumor markers, or anything other than she's going to keep an eye on my liver and other organs and that she's going to be following me.
I know my breast surgeon is in charge of exams and mammograms and for some reason the radiation oncologist wants to also see me every 4 months.
I'm not looking for unnecessary tests or exams, but because I also had endometrial cancer at the same time, I keep thinking that I don't necessarily fall into the same mold as someone who had only one primary cancer. They seem to have divvied me up with breast people in charge of my breast and gyn oncologist in charge of my you know what. They do know what each other is doing to me, tho.
What follow up are you other early stage BC women having?