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Topic: Follow-up/Monitoring Procedures

Forum: LCIS (Lobular Carcinoma In Situ) — Just diagnosed, in treatment, or finished treatment for LCIS.

Posted on: Mar 16, 2021 07:30AM - edited Mar 16, 2021 07:31AM by CancerCurious

CancerCurious wrote:

My wife had a lumpectomy. She is now in the midst of an aromatase therapy. Her doctor feels there is no need for any scans (PET, CT, MRI, or other) over the first five years of therapy. Is that inconsistent with anyone else's course of treatment and monitoring? (My neighbor had same type of tumor, and then had her first scan at just about 5 years after removal. The scan revealed a 2" tumor [same tumor] in her lungs.) It seems to me that with regular scanning the tumor would have been realized much sooner and they would have been treating a 2cm tumor instead of 2" tumor.

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Mar 16, 2021 08:57AM ctmbsikia wrote:

If your wife was diagnosed with just LCIS (which is not cancer), and taking hormonal therapy, the yes, the Dr. is correct. She should be getting at least annual visits and mammography. Only if something were to come up would further testing be ordered. Hope that helps.

Dx 12/14/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/16/2018, LCIS, Right Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/10/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/25/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Mar 16, 2021 11:04AM Moderators wrote:

Hi CancerCurious, and welcome to Breastcancer.org,

We're sorry to hear of your wife's diagnosis, but we're glad you've found us. As you can already see, our Community is an amazing source of advice, information, and support -- we're all here for you both!

As ctmbsikia points out, your wife should at least be receiving her normal screening mammograms and checkups. For more information, check out the main Breastcancer.org site's page on Mammograms After Different Types of Surgery, under Mammograms After Lumpectomy.

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