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Friday, October 28, 2016

Some Breast Cancer Surgery Patients Not Getting Recommended Follow-Up Care, Study Indicates

Medscape (10/27, Tucker) reports on a study from the National Cancer Database presented at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress that examined follow-up preventative care in patients who undergo surgery for breast cancer. While the guidelines from the “American Cancer Society and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommend mammography 6 to 12 months after completion of radiation therapy for breast cancer and annual mammography thereafter,” the study found “that only two thirds of women diagnosed with stage II or III disease receive breast imaging in the first follow-up year after surgery, and nearly two thirds are not receiving annual imaging for the subsequent 4 years.” 

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