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How can a recurrence of breast cancer be detected if I've had a mastectomy?

Breast cancer recurrence after a mastectomy can be detected primarily by physical examination. If I notice something suspicious, I'll order a CT scan, ultrasound, or MRI to evaluate.

Mammograms are not obtained of reconstructed breasts as this xray is best for breast tissue and is not effective for implant and TRAM tissue.

If a woman has had mastectomy on one side, I encourage routine/yearly mammogram of the unopperated breast.

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