Surviving Cancer: What Cancer Survivors Should Know About Survivorship Care Plans

Patients should receive their care plan within six months of completing active treatment.

Helen came to see me for her three-year check-up following treatment for her early-stage breast cancer. She had chosen to conserve her breast, had surgery that included a lumpectomy and removal of a couple of lymph nodes from her underarm, had received radiation treatments to her whole breast and was currently taking an estrogen-blocking drug belonging to a family of drugs called aromatase inhibitors. She told me she still experienced twinges of pain in her treated breast, as well as joint pains – a common side- effect of the AIs.

She left the office that day happy to know that her physical examination, blood work and breast imaging were all negative; she had no evidence of recurrence.

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