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Topic: How Long Do You See The RO Once Treatment Is Over

Forum: Radiation Therapy - Before, During, and After —

What to expect from treatment and ways to cope with side effects.

Posted on: Oct 25, 2019 11:25AM

april1964 wrote:

I’m wondering how long one is expected to see the radiation oncologist once treatment is finished. I decided to stop seeing my RO after seeing him yearly since I had radiation four years ago. I’m interested in your input and experiences. Thank you!!

oncotype 18 Dx LCIS/DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 25, 2019 12:23PM edwards750 wrote:

April - I didn’t see mine at all after treatment. I stopped seeing my MO after 5 years. She discharged me from her care. I’m 8 years out as of last August. Everyone is different though.


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Oct 25, 2019 12:29PM anamaeted wrote:

My RO discharged me from his care 3 months after rads were completed. I am only 1 year out from surgery, so I still see my SO and MO.

Dx 7/5/2018, DCIS/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/10/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right
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Oct 25, 2019 02:09PM Ingerp wrote:

I believe I’ll see my RO annually for five years, although she’s the one who orders my mammos. I have my first six-month follow-up with my MO next week. I assume I’ll see her as long as I’m on the AI. I cut my BS loose—really no need to see her unless something else pops up.

Dx 3/11/2016, DCIS, Left, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Surgery 3/22/2016 Lumpectomy Surgery 4/19/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/17/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 3/2/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 3/12/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 5/17/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Targeted Therapy 5/17/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 8/19/2018 Whole-breast: Breast
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Oct 25, 2019 06:19PM AliceBastable wrote:

At my last radiation session, I was told to call if I had any problems, but otherwise, I wouldn't see the radiologist again. The BS orders my annual mammogram and I see her the same day. I see my MO every three months, and she said if all is well at the two-year mark, it will go to every four months. The MO also schedules my CT scans, but those might not be standard for low stage and grade breast cancer - I think they're more because I also had kidney cancer last year.

Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Cancer's a bitch, but I'm a bigger one with more practice. Dx 5/2018, ILC/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 8/7/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/28/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Oct 25, 2019 08:10PM MountainMia wrote:

I'm recently done with treatment (lumpectomy, chemo, and rads.) I had a 3-month follow-up with MO, and he and I had a friendly "break-up" and agreed not to see each other any more. I'll see the RO in a couple of weeks and doubt I need to see her again. Seeing the BS a week after that. In truth, I'm not sure who is supposed to order my follow-up mammograms and any other scans. I guess it would be the BS or the PCP. ?? Still all new to me. Really though, I'd rather not have appointments if I don't need them.

The rain comes and the rain goes, but the mountain remains. I am the mountain.
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Oct 26, 2019 08:13AM Spookiesmom wrote:

Both times I had a follow up appt with RO, then done. Same with BS. Last time I saw BS I told him he was a nice guy, but I didn’t want to EVER see him again

Now stage iv, so will be with MO for life. Between PCP and MO, they order any tests, scans, etc they feel I need.

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Oct 26, 2019 08:51AM DiagnosisDisruption wrote:

I saw my radiologist 6 weeks after rads were completed, then I wouldn't again unless I have problems. I had problems during radiation that he didn't address so not sure why I would now, a year and a half later. I also don't see my breast surgeon again after lumpectomy. I am supposed to see my oncologist every 4 months. I am spacing those out further and further already (five months, then six months...).

Dx 12/8/2017, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 1/23/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Targeted Therapy 1/23/2018 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Chemotherapy 1/23/2018 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 5/23/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 6/12/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 7/18/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 10/10/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Oct 29, 2019 09:43PM Artista928 wrote:

My ro saw me 6 weeks after rads ended. Got the you're healing good and call if you have questions.

Dx'd at 50. Doing it all, all by myself. Stopped Letrozole after 5 weeks. Debilitating se's. Back on Tamox now. Dx 6/2/2015, IDC, Left, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (DUAL) Surgery 8/6/2015 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 11/3/2015 AC + T (Taxotere) Radiation Therapy 5/2/2016 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 6/28/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 12/9/2016 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 2/14/2017 Femara (letrozole) Hormonal Therapy 3/26/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 9/1/2017 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant
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Nov 17, 2019 09:06AM kksmom3 wrote:

Saw her a month after rads ended, she examined me, answered my questions, then I got my survivorship plan and she went over it with me. She set up my mammogram and U/S for next August. I won't need to see her again. I only saw the surgeon twice after lumpectomy. I do see the MO evey 6 months, I am 15 months out from D day.

Dx 8/8/2018, DCIS/IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes

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