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Follow-up physical examinations and history

The doctor will ask about any symptoms since the last visit and will do a physical examination of both breasts (or the chest area if the woman has had a mastectomy), the arm and other parts of the body if relevant. 

The frequency of these tests will depend on a woman’s individual situation and how long it is since she finished treatment.

In general, the recommended timing for physical examination/history is:

  • years 1–2 after treatment: every 3–6 months
  • years 3–5 after treatment: every 6–12 months
  • more than 5 years after treatment: every year.

Physical examinations could be more or less often than this.