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J Gynecol Obstet Biol Reprod (Paris). 2010 Dec;39(8 Suppl):F85-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jgyn.2010.10.006. Epub 2010 Nov 2.

[Patient follow-up after treatment for breast cancer].

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Service de chirurgie oncologique, centre de lutte contre le cancer René-Gauducheau, institut de cancérologie de Nantes-Atlantique, boulevard Jacques-Monod, 44805 Nantes-Saint-Herblain, France.


Patient follow-up after treatment for a breast cancer is based on the local recurrence risk. Annual mammography remains the main point of this follow-up and tumor markers detection has still no interest. Absence of benefit of an intensive clinical, biological and radiological surveillance has been proved for a long time but expert recommendations still are a subject of discussion although they knew no evolution for more than 10 years. Evolution of those follow-up modalities will depend on the future indications of MRI and PET. About distant recurrence, a better knowledge of the risk is now possible thanks to the tumor biological profile study. Nevertheless, intensification of follow-up for some kind of high-risk tumors will have interest only if we can propose a therapeutic alternative in metastatic situation.

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