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9/17/2017Hi Lillie, just wondering. My mom finished her radiation on August 30th. Her first follow up with oncologist is in October.... my mom had stage 1b breast cancer and only received rads because of her oncotype of 11. We asked about pet scans, MRI, blood tests to check for tumor markers and the doctored at MSKCC said she would not be offered those test which is very confusing and upsetting to hear. Is this normal ? God forbid her BC comes back and it was not detected because those test were offered. Just wondering why weren't those test provided ? Are her doctors slacking ?
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9/17/2017he told you correct information. scans are not routinely done. that standard of care was actually changed in 1998. there has been no benefit in doing routine staging work ups other than it producing a lot of anxiety. getting mammograms for those who did lumpectomy and relying on physical symptoms is the right thing to do. we hope she remains cancer free.

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