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Topic: 6 mo. follow up: MRI instead of mammo?

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Posted on: Jun 12, 2013 02:09PM

allurbaddayswillend wrote:

I have advocated for myself to get an MRI for my first follow up imaging since chemo and radiation. Then I can address whether to do a mammo in another 6 months. Anyone else?

dx at 48 years old Dx 4/4/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 4/24/2012 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Chemotherapy 6/15/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 11/28/2012 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 12/3/2012 Breast
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Sep 11, 2013 08:08PM scene42013 wrote:

That is what I am considering doing as well.  MRI shows more and is not all that more expensive.  I suppose it will depend on insurance coverage.  I'm willing to pay for it myself.

Surgery 3/8/2013 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 4/3/2013 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 5/6/2013 Mastectomy: Left
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Sep 12, 2013 05:03AM bevin wrote:

I had mammo's every six months after tx, for 2 years, at 2 year mark an MRI, now back to 6 months mammo's.

My doctor does the MRI at 2 years, I was fine with that.  I agree with scene though, I'd pay for a test myself if my Inusrance didnt cover just to have peace of mind.

Age 45, Oncotype 11, Primary Tumor 2.1 cm, smaller satellite tumor nearby Dx 5/1/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/9/2010 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/9/2010 Breast
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Sep 12, 2013 05:11AM 5andcounting wrote:

I alternated mammo and MRI every six months. 3.5 years later, the mammo in the fall missed a recurrence but the mri in the spring picked it up. Was still confined only to breast tissue, thankfully. Mri seems better for dense breast tissue. Insurance paid without questions.

Surgery 11/4/2009 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary Dx 11/6/2009, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/20 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/30/2009 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 4/18/2010 Breast Dx 4/16/2013, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/0 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 5/1/2013 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Chemotherapy 6/6/2013 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Sep 29, 2013 06:16PM glennie19 wrote:

My doctor mentioned alternating mammo with MRI, but he already scheduled the MRI for my first 6 month follow-up. I'm good with that cuz I think MRI is better when you have dense breasts,, or breast in my case! 

Fibromyalgia and Truncal Lymphedema,,, some of the fun things I live with. Total hysterecomy 9/29/14 Prophy MX Righty 11/30/17 Dx 6/27/2013, Paget's, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/7/2013 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left Dx DCIS

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