Breast Cancer: Post-recovery precautions and care  

Feb 5, 2024, 01:04 AM IST

Breast Cancer: Post-recovery precautions and care  

Srishti Sisodia

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Srishti Sisodia

The treatment for breast cancer is challenging, post-recovery care is equally crucial in minimising the chances of relapse and ensuring the overall well-being of survivors.  Inputs from Dr. Kanchan Kaur, Senior Director, Breast Cancer, Cancer Care, Medanta, Gurugram

Here are some post-recovery precautions and care: 

Regular follow-up check-ups

Regular follow-up check-ups with oncologists are imperative. These appointments include physical examinations, imaging tests, and blood work to monitor for any signs of recurrence or new developments. Early detection of any potential issues significantly improves the chances of successful intervention. 

Healthy lifestyle choices

Breast cancer survivors are encouraged to maintain a balanced diet, engage in regular physical activity, and avoid habits such as smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. 

Emotional and mental health support

The emotional toll of a breast cancer diagnosis doesn't end with the completion of treatment. Many survivors experience anxiety, depression, or fear of recurrence. 

Surveillance for lymphedema

Lymphedema, a common side effect of breast cancer surgery, involves swelling in the arms or chest. Regular surveillance and preventive measures can help manage and minimize the risk of lymphedema. 

Hormone therapy adherence 

For those undergoing hormone therapy, strict adherence to prescribed medications is crucial. Hormone therapy may continue for several years post-treatment to reduce the risk of hormone receptor-positive breast cancer recurrence. Patients should communicate openly with their healthcare providers about any challenges or concerns related to medication adherence. 

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