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Breast Cancer Surveillance and Follow up Guidelines at UPMC in Central Pa.

As a survivor, it is important that you follow certain guidelines for check ups and screenings with your doctor(s). These guidelines will change as your survivorship extends past certain milestones, such as the five-year mark after completion of treatment. Guidelines also vary for each patient, depending on their medical history and course of treatment.

  • History and physical exam 1-4 times per year as appropriate for the first 5 years
  • History and physical exam annually after 5 years
  • Periodic screening for changes in family history and referral to genetic counseling as necessary
  • Education, monitoring, and referral for lymphedema management
  • Annual mammogram
  • Annual gynecological exam for women on tamoxifen (who still have a uterus)
  • Ongoing bone health and bone mineral monitoring for women on an aromatase inhibitor or who experience ovarian failure after treatment

Important: Recent studies suggest that an active lifestyle, healthy diet, limited alcohol intake, and achieving and maintaining an ideal body weight (20-25 BMI) may reduce chances of a recurrence.

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PinnacleHealth Breast Care Center
Located at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at the Rocco and Nancy Ortenzio Cancer Pavilion
2035 Technology Parkway
Suite 200
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Phone: 717-988-1450
Fax: 717-221-5544

PinnacleHealth Breast Care Center
Located at Medical Sciences Pavilion
4300 Londonderry Road
Suite 202
Harrisburg, PA 17109

Phone: 717-545-5000
Fax: 717-545-5002

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