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3/3/2017Does it seem reasonable that I have never received an order for a pet scan or orders for blood work for tumor markers? I was stage one..clear margins, no node involvement, lumpectomy, had 12 rounds of Taxol, 35 rounds of radiation and still receiving Herceptin until July. I am triple positive with an Onco DX score of 25. I finished chemo September 22 and radiation right before Christmas. I'm not looking for trouble, but a lot of people in a support group that I read seem to be having these tests. Thanks for your help.
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3/4/2017it makes good sense that you have not had any of these tests are scans. These types of tests, referred to as staging work ups, are no longer to be done for someone with curative early stage breast cancer as you had. these tests were removed from the standards of care by ASCO in 1998. If you developed symptoms physically that warranted a closer look, then your doctor would order what would be appropriate to determine if there was trouble.

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