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2/26/2018It seems that treatment protocols and prognosis is often noted for 5 years, but what happens after 5 years?

Doesn't ER/PR+ or ILC come back after 5 years? If so, what does scans and oncology visits lessen?

I passed 5 years, but should my worry be less if I have ER/PR+ IDC? Stage 1. Oncotype 16.
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2/27/2018The protocol used to be 5 years of anti-hormonal medication for ER/PR+ breast cancer. The latest recommendation is to take that medication for 10 years, as we are seeing some patients have a recurrence between 5 and 10 years. Because we have drugs like Tamoxifen to target estrogen-positive breast cancer, it has a high survival rate if caught in early stages. We do not perform routine scans and our patients have yearly follow-up with their medical oncologist for up to 5 years, when they will return to their primary care doctors.

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