• Mammogram

    Asked by youngfarmgal on Thursday, June 5, 2014

    Mammogram

    When is the best time to get one? During chemo treatment, radiation treatment, between treatments, or after all?

    10 Answers from the Community

    10 answers
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      Usually, your doctor will tell you when to do a mammogram after breast cancer. I did chemo, and then radiation, and then on the 1 year anniversary month, I had my first mammogram. It was scary, and I brought a friend along, just in case of bad news. And much to my surprise, there wasn't bad news at all!

      about 7 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      Ask your oncologist, but you should be having ultrasounds and probably MRI's as well now for follow up scans.

      about 7 years ago
    • ld_105's Avatar
      ld_105

      Yes, the doctor will tell you when to have a mammogram. I had one six months after the UM. Then again, one year out. MRI one and one half year out.

      about 7 years ago
    • youngfarmgal's Avatar
      youngfarmgal

      I never had breast cancer, but endometrial cancer that is possibly hormonally. Could the same kind of hormones created a similar cancer in my breasts? Never had a mammogram as I am young. Going through chemo right now through a sandwich therapy. Just wondering about when would the best time for this kind of scan not really related to my current cancer.

      about 7 years ago
    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      You should be watched carefully for all cancers now, because second and third primaries happen all the time. I have had breast cancer, uterine cancer and thyroid as well so I am extra aware of it but I have known so many other cancer patients with multiple primaries- it seems to be getting common and I'm going into a study of it soon myself- especially sometimes with uterine and breast maybe because they are hormonal? I don't know but I do know that you are definitely not too young for mammograms! You should be getting mammograms already at age 41, and now ultrasounds as well because you have already have had one primary. Mammograms are a great diagnostic tool but they miss many breast cancers in fact they missed mine until stage IV that is why I strongly support women getting ultra sounds as well and probably MRI's every 3 years at least. Each scan shows different things that is why they are all important and ultra sounds are completely safe. Just ask your oncologist but please err on the side of caution we only have one body and we have to take care of it.

      about 7 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      There are better ways of detecting breast cancer, young woman! Ask about thermography.

      I had my first mammogram a year after being treated to radiation and chemotherapy. They asked me to return for a second one which I did. When they wanted a third squishing I demanded to speak with the dude who was reading the results and to see what was his concern.

      Turned out the dude was unfamiliar with what happens to large perky breasts when women get older. The tissues had "laddered".. I don't know what he expected but he agreed to my wait and see suggestion. They called again the next year and I dutifully complied. When they asked that I return for another, I suggested that they simply compare the new one to the one from the year prior.

      When they told me they did not keep results from year to year, I told them I saw no point to me returning for any more anything and that was the end of that.

      You will have had enough radiation. If your insurance will pay, try the thermography. It is actually more accurate. Yes, ask your doctor to confirm.

      Best wishes for a complete recovery with no residual nada.

      about 7 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      I had uterine cancer in 2011. I had been to my gyn, pap test, mammogram, D&C. So, I was thoroughly checked out before I went in for my hysterectomy. I don't think you would want to have it during treatment, because it might show some abnormality. Your gyn onc would order it, so that is when you will schedule it.

      about 7 years ago
    • MariaM's Avatar
      MariaM

      Why aren't you asking this question of your doctor, who is an expert in gynecological oncology?

      about 7 years ago
    • mojoback's Avatar
      mojoback

      My hematologist/oncologist recommended I wait until after I had completed my treatments. According to her, I had enough going on (sandwich treatment). That time has come for me, so thanks for the reminder to set up a mammogram! Best of luck to you.

      about 7 years ago
    • L_Meligne's Avatar
      L_Meligne

      Same as mojoback, my hema/onc said to wait until treatment was over. Today was my first abdominal scan since it ended (for endo Cancer) and they had me get a chest scan as well. As long as everything is ok, he'll order the mammogram in about 6 weeks. I also asked for a colonoscopy and he looked at me like I was nuts and said not til I'm 50. I read if you have a gyno Cancer you should have that and a mammogram in case of metastasis. Hopefully the CT Scan is sufficient.

      over 6 years ago

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