Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Gan No Rinsho. 1987 Sep;33(11):1314-7.

[The value of follow-up bone scans in the management of postoperative breast cancer--when should it be performed?].

[Article in Japanese]

Author information

  • 1Dept. of Radiology, Yamagata Univ. School of Med.


We have reviewed the bone scans of 106 patients with breast cancer taken after surgery, in order to determine when follow-up bone scans should be performed. The results obtained are as follows: 1. The incidence of bone metastasis was seen to be 11.6% in stage I, 39.4% in stage II, 43.5% in stage III, 57.1% in stage IV, and 30.2% overall; 2. Of 32 patients with bone metastasis, 28 patients (87.5%) developed bone metastases within the first 4 years; 3. The scan conversion rate was found to be 31.9% and the time interval to conversion ranged from 4.5 months to 28.5 months; and, 4. The period from single to multiple metastases ranged from 2 months to 37.5 months. Our findings suggest that postoperative follow-up bone scans for stage I breast cancer should be performed annually or when symptoms develop, and follow-ups for stages II, III and IV at six monthly intervals for the first 4 years after surgery and then annually.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk