7 December 2015
The American Cancer Society and the American Society of Clinical Oncology have just released updated guidelines for breast cancer survivors. The purpose “is to provide recommendations to assist primary care and other clinicians in the care of female adult survivors of breast cancer”.
Patients and physicians are well aware that health concerns do not end when cancer treatment is over. The guidelines outline potential signs of recurrence, note appropriate tests to help detect recurrence, review general health recommendations, and discuss management of long-term side effects. It is important that patients who have been treated for any type of cancer remain vigilant regarding their health. Changes or new findings should be reported to your physician, and efforts should be made to maintain a healthy diet, weight and lifestyle.
I encourage every patient to review the guidelines. If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to inform your oncology or primary care physicians. Education and open communication are important in order to maximize quality of life after cancer treatment.