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Rev Med Suisse. 2008 May 21;4(158):1258, 1260-2.

[Surveillance following curative therapy for breast cancer].

[Article in French]

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Service d'oncologie HUG, Genève.


Surveillance following curative therapy for localised breast cancer has two major aims: 1) diagnosis of recurrence or a second tumor: regular interviews and physical examinations with a frequency adapted to each case, and yearly mammography (+/- ultrasonography), are the only recommended procedure. Additional screening is not indicated in asymptomatic patient. 2) Screening for complications and side effects due to treatment: tamoxifen treatment should be stopped one week prior to any surgery or long trip to avoid thromboembolic events, and any metrorrhagia should be investigated due to the risk for endometrial cancer. Osteoporosis and arthralgia are frequently observed with aromatase inhibitors.

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