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    How important is a baseline MRI after mastectomy?

    Asked by Dru on Monday, June 9, 2014

    How important is a baseline MRI after mastectomy?

    The surgeon who did my double mastectomy with reconstruction has told me to have an MRI for baseline reference going forward with my check ups. Does everyone do this? The cost of an MRI is high so I want to make sure it serves a valuable purpose.

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      joyuss59

      I had a Bilateral Mastectomy with no reconstruction and my oncologist says I don't need any tests done unless there are signs ? He does do blood work every 3 months on me ! I would prefer to have test's done so that if it came back some where they would catch it sooner so I worry about that ! Do what your Dr. thinks is best for you ! you could ask him why he wants the MRI and tell him your concerns ! good luck !

      over 5 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      The only MRI I had was at time of Dx...no scans since bilat....my onc only does scans if patient is symptomatic.....I don't see my BS or PS anymore (my doing)...See my onc every 6 months (up to 5 years he saw me every 3 months)...labs and tumor markers prior to each visit...

      over 5 years ago
    • jujuga's Avatar
      jujuga

      If you become symptomatic it's too late. A yearly mri is a small price to pay to find any reoccurring problem early when it will be easier to treat. It's your call. I'm in to fight this with all I have. Wish you the best and hope your life is healthy long and full of beauty

      over 5 years ago

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